1969 in art
The year 1969 in art involved some significant events and new works.
- January 9 – In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.
- February 2 – Ten paintings are defaced in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- October 5 – Monty Python's Flying Circus is broadcast for the first time on BBC Television, with Terry Gilliam's animations.
- c. December – The music and performance art collective COUM Transmissions is formed in England by Genesis P-Orridge.
- Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga co-found the magazine Interview.
- Opening of the Oakland Museum of California.
- Lyrical Abstraction exhibition debuts at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum marking a significant return to expressivity in American abstract painting. For two years the exhibition travels throughout the U.S. including to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
- Kenojuak Ashevak – The Owl
- Michael Ayrton – The Arkville Minotaur
- Francis Bacon – Three Studies of Lucian Freud
- Thomas Bass – Australian Seal (bronze, Washington, D.C.)
- Fernando Botero - Protestant Family
- Alexander Calder – La Grande Vitesse (sculpture)
- Mai Dantsig – Partisan Ballad
- Helen Frankenthaler – Slice of Stone Itself
- Allen Jones – Hatstand, Table and Chair (sculptures)
- Ronnie Landfield – Diamond Lake
- Kanda Nissho – Snow Farm
- Enzo Plazzotta – Baigneuse
- Jean-Paul Riopelle – La Joute (public sculptural installation, Montreal)
- Will Roberts – Redberth Village, Pembrokeshire
- Alexander Semionov – Leningrad in the Morning
- Victor Teterin – Sredne-Podjacheskaya Street in Leningrad
- Nikolai Timkov – Russian Winter
- January 1 – Marilyn Manson, American rock musician and painter
- date unknown
- January 29 - Edward Marshall Boehm, American Expressionist sculptor (b. 1913)
- March 14 – Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-born American painter and photographer (b. 1898)
- March 17 – Daniel Vázquez Díaz, Spanish painter (b. 1882)
- May 11 – T. K. Padmini, Keralan feminist painter (b. 1940; d. in childbirth)
- July 5 – Walter Gropius, German-born architect (b. 1883)
- July 9 – Emerik Feješ, Hungarian and Serbian painter (b. 1904)
- July 25 – Otto Dix, German painter and printmaker (b. 1891)
- September 15 - Edith Barry, American sculptor, painter, illustrator and designer (b. 1883)
- November 21 – Norman Lindsay, Australian sculptor and cartoonist (born 1879)