- Benedikt Taschen opens a comic book store in Cologne which will evolve into the art book publisher Taschen.
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- January 18 - Cecil Beaton, English photographer and stage and costume designer (b.1904).
- February 4 - Stojan Aralica, famous Serbian Impressionist painter and academic (b. 1883)
- February 6 - Albert Kotin, Russian-born American Abstract Expressionist artist (b.1907).
- February 17 - Graham Sutherland, English artist (b.1903).
- February 22 - Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian artist, poet and playwright (b.1886).
- March 5 - John Skeaping, English sculptor and equine painter (b.1901).
- March 18 - Tamara de Lempicka, Polish Art Deco painter (b.1898).
- April 21
- June 7 - Philip Guston, Canadian painter and printmaker (b.1913).
- June 23 - Clyfford Still, American Abstract Expressionist painter (b.1904).
- July - Robert Brackman, Ukrainian-born American artist and teacher (b.1898).
- August 26 - Tex Avery, American animator, cartoonist, and director (b.1908).
- September 14 - Maxwell Bates, Canadian architect and expressionist painter (b.1906).
- November 22 - Norah McGuinness, Irish painter and illustrator (b.1901).
- December 26 - Tony Smith, American sculptor, visual artist and theorist on art (b.1912).
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