• May â€" Police seize photographs by Bill Henson from an upcoming exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, Australia, as potentially constituting child pornography.


  • 20 February â€" 18 May â€" National Gallery, Pompeo Batoni


2008 in art
  • Of All The People In All The World, installation and performance by Stan's Cafe


  • Caldecott Medal â€" Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret'
  • Hugo Boss Prize â€" Emily Jacir
  • Doug Moran National Portrait Prize â€" Fiona Lowryli>
  • Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts â€" Mona Hatoum
  • Turner Prize nominees â€" Runa Islam, Mark Leckey, Goshka Macuga and Cathy Wilkes.


January to March

  • 3 January â€" Joan Gillchrest, 89, British painter.
  • 2 February â€" Roger Testu, French cartoonist (b.1913).
  • 3 March â€" William Brice, American painter and teacher (b.1921).
  • 11 March â€" Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comics artist (b.1955).
  • 19 March â€" Hugo Claus, Belgian novelist, poet, playwright, painter and film director (b.1929).
  • 28 March â€" Michael Podro, English art historian (b.1931).
  • 29 March
    • Angus Fairhurst, Young British Artist, installation, photography and video artist (b.1966).
    • Josef Mikl, Austrian abstract painter (b.1929).

April to June

  • 3 April â€" Vladimír Preclík, Czech writer and sculptor (b.1929).
  • 6 April â€" John Plumb, English painter (b.1927).
  • 9 April â€" Burt Glinn, American photographer (b.1925).
  • 14 April â€" Ollie Johnston, American animator (b.1912).
  • 16 April â€" Joseph Solman, American painter (b.1909).
  • 23 April â€" Paul Wonner, American painter (b.1920).
  • 25 April â€" Enrico Donati, Italian-born American Surrealist painter and sculptor (b.1909).
  • 10 May â€" Herbert Albert, 82, British painter and etcher.
  • 12 May â€" Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b.1925).
  • 15 May â€" Will Elder, American illustrator and comic book artist (b.1921).
  • 18 May â€" Pietro Cascella, Italian painter and sculptor (b.1921).
  • 21 May â€" Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Portuguese artist and professor (b.1931).
  • 23 May â€" Cornell Capa, Hungarian-American photographer and photo curator (b.1918).
  • 28 May â€" Beryl Cook, English painter (b.1926).
  • 1 June
    • Alton Kelley, American poster and album artist (b.1940).
    • Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b.1936).
  • 18 June â€" Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and author of children's books (b.1915).

July to December

  • 7 July
    • Bruce Conner, American artist in film, drawing, sculpture, painting, collage and photography (b.1933).
    • Fred Yates, English artist (b.1922).
  • 19 July â€" Dave Pearson, English painter (b.1937).
  • 1 August â€" Pauline Baynes, English book illustrator (b.1922).
  • 12 August â€" Michael Baxandall, Welsh art historian (b.1933).
  • 18 August â€" Manny Farber, American painter and film critic (b.1917).
  • 23 August â€" John Russell, British American art critic (b.1919).
  • 3 September â€" Derek Davis, English painter and potter (b.1926).
  • 4 September â€" Alain Jacquet, French artist (b.1939).
  • 12 September â€" Simon Hantaï, Hungarian abstract artist (b.1922).
  • 1 October â€" Boris Efimov, Russian cartoonist and propaganda artist (b.1900).
  • 7 October â€" Miles Richmond, English painter (b.1922).
  • 11 October â€" William Claxton, American photographer (b.1927)
  • 14 October â€" Ray Lowry, English cartoonist and illustrator (b.1944).
  • 18 October â€" Gwyther Irwin, English abstract artist (b.1931).
  • 15 November â€" Grace Hartigan, American Abstract Expressionist painter, (b.1922)
  • 16 November â€" Jan Krugier, Polish born Swiss art dealer (b. 1928.
  • 17 December â€" Willoughby Sharp, American author, curator, critic (b.1936)
  • 27 December â€" Robert Graham, Mexican-American sculptor (b.1938).
  • 29 December - Vladislav Lalicki, Serbian painter (b. 1935).


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