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Four quadrants display various artworks, including: a replica of Marcel Duchamp’s 1917 sculpture “Fountain,” Frida Kahol’s 1946 painting “Wounded Deer,” Willem de Kooning’s 1976 painting “Untitled” and Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting “Kiss V.” Which art movement is most inspiring? (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Northern Star Graphic)

Poll: Which art movement is most inspiring?

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | March 26, 2024

Throughout history, art has acted as a profound bridge between pivotal historical events and the complexity of the human condition. Art encapsulates cultural, social, political and economic facets, often presented in innovative ways for the first time.  The...

Colorful music notes and a painted handprint rest under the words “Look Both Ways” and the topic of the week: Separating art from the artist. As consumers of art, should we separate art from the artist? (Lucy Atkinson | Northern Star)

Look Both Ways: Separating art from the artist

By Kahlil Kambui and Camilla Dziadosz | March 4, 2024

DON’T SEPARATE ART FROM THE ARTIST By: Kahlil Kambui, Opinion Columnist Separating the art from the artist is not an excuse to consume the art of people who have done or said terrible things. We need to hold them accountable and not consume their...

The palette covering up the broken window at The Fargo. The Fargo hosted an art event on April 14. (Savannah Lundberg | Northern Star)

Car crash leads to community art event

By Michael Mollsen, Written Managing Editor | April 15, 2023

DeKALB – A car crash turning into an art event is not ordinary; but it happened. The Fargo, an indoor skatepark with its own music venue at 641 E. Lincoln Highway, experienced a not-so-normal incident on March 15 when a car blasted through its front...

Opinion columnist Lucy Atkinson details her fascination with surrealist art

Unpopular Opinion: Surrealist art is underrated

By Lucy Atkinson, Opinion Editor | December 2, 2022

In my senior year of high school, I was granted the opportunity to take an AP Art History class, an experience I remain incredibly grateful for. The course covered art ranging from pottery carefully crafted by human hands thousands of years old to symbolic...

Movie cases line up on a dusty shelf in a college apartment. Physical copies have gone ancient due to streaming services taking off.

Modernity has erased the physical concept of art

By Parker Otto | January 24, 2022
Generation Z, in spite of all of their technological toys, has no things.
Rapper Kanye West met with then President Donald Trump at the Oval Office in October 2018. His open support stirred up a lot of controversy among his fans.

Art cannot be separated from the artist

By Ally Formeller, News Reporter | January 20, 2022
Because of the past problematic actions of some celebrities, separating the art from the artist becomes a murky impossibility. 
Vinyl records are a classic form of art that has died down due to the digital age.

Students need to respect older art

By Parker Otto | January 14, 2022
There should be more of a drive amongst students to explore classic art because it can really speak to people.
Terrance Gray’s contribution, American Gothic_Breaking Ground done with Gouache on Rives paper.

Art exhibit showcases the history of race relations in DeKalb

By Gabriel Fiorini | December 20, 2021

DeKALB — The DeKalb County History Center and the Ellwood House Museum have collaborated on a virtual exhibit entitled “Arts in Action,” investigating the history of race relations in DeKalb County through the artwork of nine visual artists and...

Conceptual art places value on meaning

By Lucas Skye | December 2, 2018

Those who disdain modern art, or art that doesn’t solely rely on technical skills, can occasionally be overheard asking, “This shouldn’t be considered art. A child can do this.” The fact of the matter is, they very well might be able to, but that’s...

Digital mediums change art

By Haley Galvin | September 14, 2017

DeKalb | “Objectifying the Photographer,” an exhibit featuring the modern forms of digital photography, is open now through Oct. 20 at the NIU Art Museum located in Altgeld Hall.“Photography has gone through a radical reinvention in recent history...

Makeup a form of art

Makeup a form of art

By Jeanette Fritz | January 22, 2014

On an average day, I will spend the better half of 30 minutes perfecting my winged eyeliner and making sure my blush looks like baked apricot instead of Bozo the Clown, but by no means am I doing this for some boy.Back in December, I came across a Tumblr...