April – Fans of Newcastle United F.C. decorate the newly erected Angel of the North sculpture with a giant replica of Alan Shearer's no. 9 shirt. Police remove the shirt after about twenty minutes.
3 December – 44 governments participating in the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets approve the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art (or "Washington Declaration"), requiring efforts to be made to restore looted art to its original owners or their heirs.
1 November – Jackson Pollock retrospective opens at MoMA.
Archibald Prize – Lewis Miller, Portrait of Allan Mitelman No 3
Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Artist of the Year – Wendell Castle
Grand Prix d'Antoine Pevsner – Constantine Andreou
Hugo Boss Prize – Douglas Gordon
Turner Prize – Chris Ofili
Mark Calderon – Floribunda (bronze, Portland, Oregon)
Alan Collins – Legacy of Leadership (bronze, Berrien Springs, Michigan)
Michael Condron – Martian tripod (Woking, England)
Martin Creed – Work No 200: Half the air in a given space
Anthony Gormley – Angel of the North
David Hockney – A Bigger Grand Canyon
Ron Mueck – Ghost
Chris Ofili – No Woman No Cry
Valerie Otani – Folly Bollards (bronzes, Portland, Oregon)
Stephen Robin – Federal Triangle Flowers (sculptures, Washington, D.C.)
Rachel Whiteread – Water Tower (New York City)
Fossi, Gloria (1998). Botticelli. Primavera. (Inglese ed.). Giunti Editore Firenze Italy. ISBN 978-88-09-21459-0. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
Boyd, William (1998). Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-1960. Cambridge: 21 Publishing. ISBN 1-901785-01-7. A hoax biography, launched on April 1.
23 January – Victor Pasmore, English artist and architect (b. 1908)
7 March – Karen Holtsmark, Norwegian painter (b. 1907)
12 March – Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramicist (b. 1893)
13 March – Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
3 April – Wolf Vostell, German painter and sculptor (b. 1932)
7 April – James McIntosh Patrick, Scottish landscape painter (b. 1907)
21 April – Louis Maratier, French post-impressionist artist and painter (b. 1922)
25 April – Wright Morris, American novelist, photographer, and essayist (b. 1910)
3 May – Otto Bettmann, German American image archivist (b. 1903)
6 May – Sybil Connolly, Welsh-Irish fashion designer (b. 1921)
20 June – Kali, Polish-American portrait painter and Polish Resistance agent during World War II (b. 1918)
8 October – Zhang Chongren, Chinese artist and sculptor (b. 1907)
25 October – Dick Higgins, English composer, poet, printer and early Fluxus artist (b. 1938)
3 November – Bob Kane, American comic book artist and writer (b. 1915)
13 November – Claude Serre, French cartoonist (b. 1938)
2 December – Brian Stonehouse, English painter and Special Operations Executive agent during World War II (b. 1918)
30 December – Joan Brossa, Catalan poet, playwrigt, graphic designer and plastic artist (b. 1919)
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