- 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
- 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" VladimÃr PreclÃk, 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 HantaÃ¯, 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).