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February Recommendations

February's cultural highlights include Sadie Hennessy's new show at A Brooks Art, the UK premiere of Larry Clark's new film Marfa Girl and a fantastic scarf collaboration between Comme des Garçons and Hermès...

Untitled, 1981 by Linder
Untitled, 1981 by Linder © Linder Sterling

Linder: Femme/Objet – February 1 - April 21
The first retrospective of British artist Linder Sterling opens this month at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, a survey which embraces the breadth of the polymath's practice within the fields of art, fashion, music and dance. Beginning her career in punk and post-punk era Manchester, Linder's work embodies the subversive creative energy that abounded at the time. A devoted feminist, she looks to challenge notions of gender specificity and the sexual commodification of the female body; something particularly obvious in her acclaimed collages where she uses images from print magazines – typically pornography, household and cookery publications – to enforce her views.

Sadie Hennessy – February 7 - March 23
But if you can't make it to Paris... Sadie Hennessy's second solo show More Strange Hungers, at London's A Brooks Art, delivers a wry, feminist manifesto, promoting female empowerment and sexuality. Working in a hybrid of collage and assemblage, Hennessy's pieces combine the familiar with an unsettling sense of the surreal and call into question ideas of nostalgia and "faux nostalgia," the typically British yearning for a time that never existed.

"The first retrospective of British artist Linder Sterling opens this month at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, a survey which embraces the breadth of the polymath's practice"

Valentines Day and S/S13 issue of AnOther Magazine on sale – February 14
It's less than two weeks away until the brand new issue of AnOther Magazine hits the shelves. We can't wait for you all to see it – stay tuned to for updates. We will also be celebrating Valentines Day by attempting to turn the AnOther Loves stream pink. Sign up here to join the Love community.

The View from The Shard – from February 1
Renzo Piano's impressive London landmark opens to the public this month, after years of anticipation. Standing at a total height of 1,016 feet, the spectacular glass structure is the only place where it is possible to see the entire city at once, boasting breathtaking 40 mile, 360 degree views of the city.

Marfa Girl at The Book Club – February 12
This month presents a special opportunity to watch Kids director Larry Clark's new film Marfa Girl, in two free screenings (7pm and 9:30pm) at The Book Club – it will not be showing at mainstream cinemas following a decision to cut out middle-men distributors. The award-winning feature is a celebration of teenage sexuality and confusion, as well as an exploration of existing cultural tensions in the Texan town of Marfa. The story centres on 15-year-old Adam, whose life is changed by the arrival of a promiscuous young artist in the town.

Rei Kawakubo x Hermès S/S13 Comme des Carrés Scarf Collection – From February 12
An innovative collaboration between Rei Kawakubo and Hermès sees the release of two new scarf collections this month: Black and White (to be sold in Comme des Garçons' stores in Paris and New York), and Colour, reserved exclusively for Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo. Kawakubo's encounter with the iconic Hermès scarf "consists of an application, or a graphic superimposition onto the house designs, thus creating new and unique objects," an ethos similarly practiced at Comme des Garçons.

Pakpoom Silaphan at Scream – February 22 - April 6
East meets West in a new exhibition by Thai Pop artist Pakpoom Silaphan, famed for his examination of "notions of globalisation, mass consumerism and the universal reach of cultural icons across the world." Silaphan primarily uses found objects from his native Thailand – like metal advertising signs and, more recently, vintage wooden Pepsi and Coca-Cola crates – and uses paint and collage to depict his favourite artistic icons in the place of the objects' pre-existing logos, ultimately suggesting the status of the artist as a globally recognised brand.

Movement and Gravity: Bacon and Rodin in Dialogue – February 8 - April 6
In a conversation overheard in 1959, Francis Bacon claimed that there were only three sculptors: Michelangelo, Rodin and Brancusi. Not only does this bold statement demonstrate the painter's high esteem of Auguste Rodin, but it also coincides with a period in which he drew vast inspiration from the French sculptor. Now an upcoming exhibition, to be held at Ordovas, will be the first to explore the fascinating dialogue and connections between the two doyens of their respective media.

Compiled by Daisy Woodward