2005 in art
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- June – Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum dedicated to Paul Klee, designed by Renzo Piano, opens at Bern in Switzerland.
- September 30 – Controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
- Archibald Prize – John Olsen, Self portrait Janus Faced
- Beck's Futures – Christina Mackie
- Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration – Kevin Henkes, Kitten's First Full Moon
- Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts – Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
- Turner Prize – Simon Starling, Shedboatshed
-The Venice Biennial-
- Lion d'Or Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Barbara Kruger (USA)
- Lion d'Or for Best Pavilion: Annette Messager (France)
- February 12–27 – The Gates, installation art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Central Park, New York City.
- July 9 – Unveiling of Monument to the Women of World War II, sculpted by John W. Mills, in Whitehall, London.
- Ron Mueck – In Bed, sculpture, in Queensland Gallery of Modern Art).
- Bridget Riley – Red Movement
- Aleksander Balos – Travaux récents (organised by Arts nord sud, at Espace Griffon, Crédit Municipal, Paris, France)
January to March
- 1 January – Eugene J. Martin, American visual artist (b.1938).
- 4 January
- 14 January
- 25 January
- 27 January
- 7 February – Paul Rebeyrolle, French painter (b.1926).
- 18 February – Harald Szeemann, Swiss curator and art historian (b.1933).
- 21 February – Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist (b.1929).
- 20 March – Walter Hopps, American museum director and curator (b.1932).
April to June
- 5 April – Neil Welliver, American painter (b.1929)
- 5 April – Dale Messick, first woman syndicated comic strip artist in the United States (b.1906).
- 10 April – Carl Abrahams, Jamaican painter (b.1911).
- 11 April – André François, French cartoonist (b.1915).
- 13 April
- 19 April – Clement Meadmore Melbourne, Australia-born, American sculptor, (b.1929)
- 22 April – Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish sculptor and artist (b.1924).
- 9 June – Gloria Ida Logan, Australian artist and lecturer in arts and crafts (b.1927).
- 12 June – David Whitney, independent curator and art dealer, (b.1939).
July to December
- 26 July – Robert C. Turner, American potter (b.1913).
- 27 July – Al Held, American Abstract expressionist painter (b.1928).
- 1 August – Constant Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter, one of the innovators of Unitary Urbanism (b.1920).
- 16 August – Joe Ranft, magician, animation storyboard artist and voice actor (b.1960).
- 22 August – Juliet Pannett, English portrait artist (b. 1911).
- 26 August – Robert Denning, American interior designer (b.1927).
- 22 October – Arman, French-born American artist (b.1928).
- 28 October – Raymond Hains, French artist and photographer (b.1926).
- 11 November – Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, English photographer (b.1939).
- Hurlston, David; et al (2010). Ron Mueck (Exhibition Catalog). Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria.