Alexander Calder is hired by Braniff International Airways to paint a full-size DC-8-62 as a "flying canvas".
Aristeidis Metallinos begins his career as a sculptor.
Robert Scull's collection of American Pop and Minimal art is auctioned by Sotheby's in New York City.
Archibald Prize: Janet Dawson – Michael Boddy
Christopher Williams – centenary exhibition in Cardiff, Maesteg and Swansea.
Michael Ayrton – Icarus (sculpture, London)
Michael Craig-Martin – An Oak Tree (conceptual work)
William Eggleston – The Red Ceiling (photograph)
Barbara Hepworth – Conversation with Magic Stones
Nabil Kanso – Place des Martyres (paintings); Vietnam paintings series (through 1974)
Frederic Littman – Farewell to Orpheus (bronze, Portland, Oregon)
Joan Miró – completes series The navigator's hope
Henry Moore – Large Four Piece Reclining Figure 1972–73 (bronze)
Ivor Roberts-Jones – Statue of Winston Churchill, Parliament Square (bronze, London)
Embracing Lovers (bronze, Guildhall, London)
Girl with a Dolphin (bronze, by Tower Bridge, London)
January 29 – Louise Hindsgavl, Danish artist
February 1 – Yuri Landman, Dutch musician, comic book creator and singer
May 8 – Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese manga artist
July 7 – Natsuki Takaya, Japanese manga artist
August 18 – Jerome Lagarrigue, French painter and illustrator
Jean-Pierre Canlis, American glass artist.
Oisín McGann, Irish author and illustrator.
January 17 – Tarsila do Amaral, Brazilian modernist artist (b. 1886).
March 14 – Chic Young, American cartoonist (b. 1901).
March 25 – Edward Steichen, American photographer, painter and curator (b. 1879).
April 8 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, draftsman, and sculptor (b. 1881).
April 28 – Siri Derkert, Swedish artist, sculptor and political campaigner (b. 1888).
May 1 – Asger Jorn, Danish artist and essayist (b. 1914).
May 12 – Edith Tudor Hart, née Suschitzky, Austrian-born photojournalist and communist agent in Britain (b. 1908).
May 16 – Albert Paris Gütersloh, Austrian painter and writer (b. 1887).
July 20 – Robert Smithson, American artist (b. 1938)
September 30 – Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer, artist and historian (b. 1902)
November 13 – Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer (b. 1890)
November 17 – Adolf Wissel, German painter, an official artist of Nazism (b. 1894)
December 7 – Camilo Mori Chilean painter (b. 1896)
December 13 – Ralph Stackpole, American sculptor, painter, muralist, etcher and art educator (b. 1885)
Claude Buckle, English poster artist and watercolourist (b. 1905).
Ronald Ossory Dunlop, Irish author and painter (b. 1894).
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