- 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, requiring efforts to be made to restore looted art to its original owners or their heirs.
- 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
*Taro Chiezo - Superlambanana Publications 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. Deaths 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) 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) 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)