MARTIN & CHAD
STOP IT, I DIE
35 years of “The Martian face”. On July 25, 1976, NASA’s Viking 1 obtained an image of the Cydonia region of Mars that showed an apparent human face (left). More recent images with much higher resolution, like this one taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (right) have shown that the “face” is nothing but an optical illusion, or, more properly, a case of pareidolia. Photos: NASA.
"An abstract gets close scrutiny
At the San Francisco Museum of Art (taken before 1975, Life Magazine)
“What I think is so interesting about this photograph is the way that the girls are responding to the space of the modern art gallery: they are not merely ignoring the art on the walls, but literally looking beyond those walls. It is not a quick glance or sneaky peek, either. This is intense, curious looking that requires them to physically crouch down and brace themselves against the grate in order to get the closest possible view through the vent. The square grid-like vent seems congruous with the canvasses of the modern art gallery, and the children are inspired to look beyond the surface of lines and shapes. (…)
“As Clement Greenberg, that stalwart champion of abstract expressionism, once said: 'To hold that one kind of art must invariably be superior or inferior to another kind means to judge before experiencing; and the whole history of art is there to demonstrate the futility of rules of preference laid down beforehand: the impossibility, that is, of anticipating the outcome of aesthetic experience.' (From his Art and Culture (Boston: Beacon, 1961), pp. 133).
“So, the girls might not be looking at the abstract art on the gallery walls, but who is to say that their examination of whatever lay beyond that vent is any less of a valid aesthetic experience?"