Find great beauty in the most unusual places
Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, was once home to 40,000 troops and became the unlikely inspiration for the British photographer Edmund Clark. Clark, who spent time embedded with the US military, has created some extraordinary images that play with the beauty of the mountains of the Hindu Kush against the banality of the man-made landscape – rows of military tents, razor wire and construction work among them. Inside the base, painted murals decorate military life, far removed from the people of Afghanistan. Edmund Clark: The Mountains of Majeed runs at The Flowers Gallery in East London until April 4 (www.flowersgalllery.com).
Discover art made by the Great Plains’ tribes
An exhibition of Plains Indians' masterworks gathered from North American and European collections opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York next week. Works collected by French traders and travellers will be shown alongside objects from the early reservation period and contemporary works that play with traditional art forms and ideas. Highlights include a 2,000-year-old human-effigy stone pipe. Many nations, including Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche and Meskwaki, will be represented. The Plains Indians: Artists of the Earth and Sky opens on March 9 and runs until May 10. Find out more at www.metmuseum.org.
Relive the career of British rock star David Bowie
The touring exhibition David Bowie Is makes its latest stop in France at the Philharmonie de Paris where the retrospective will be shown until the end of May. The story of one of music's most charismatic figures is told through more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photographs, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past 50 years. The show charts the career of the singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and fine art collector and his influence on art, design, theatre and contemporary culture. David Bowie Is runs until May 31 at the Philharmonie de Paris (davidbowieis.philharmoniedeparis.fr).