1985 in art
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- Charles Saatchi's collection opens to the public, arousing interest in Neo-expressionism.
- Germano Celant publishes Arte Povera: Storie e protagonisti.
- Shortlisted were: Terry Atkinson, Tony Cragg, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Milena Kalinovska and John Walker.
- Mai Dantsig – And the Saved World Remembers
- Thomas Morandi – Yankee Champion (sculpture, Portland, Oregon)
- Odd Nerdrum – The Cloud (Skyen)
- George Rickey – Double L Excentric Gyratory (sculpture)
- Sally Robinson (Australian) – Kakadu (screen print)
- Wayne Thiebaud – Sunset Streets
- Andy Warhol – Reigning Queens series
- 7 March – Jessie Oonark, Canadian Inuit artist (b. 1906)
- 28 March – Marc Chagall, Russian-Belarusian-French painter (b. 1887).
- 21 April – Rudi Gernreich, Austrian American fashion designer (b. 1922).
- 11 May – Chester Gould, American cartoonist (b. 1900).
- 12 May – Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (b. 1901).
- 22 May – Wolfgang Reitherman, German-American animator (b. 1909).
- 26 July – Grace Albee, American printmaker (b. 1890).
- 21 August – David Olère, Polish-born Jewish French painter (b. 1902).
- 8 September – Ana Mendieta, Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist
- 28 September – André Kertész, Hungarian-born photographer (b. 1894).
- 17 November – Richard Amsel, American illustrator and graphic designer (b. 1947).
- 8 December – Paul Kelpe, German-born American painter (b. 1902).
- Antonio Rodríguez Luna, Spanish painter (b. 1910).