1987 in art
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- 10 December – Musée d'art moderne (Saint-Étienne) opens as a separate institution.
- 22 July – Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali is shot in London; he dies 28 August.
- Shortlisted were: Patrick Caulfield, Helen Chadwick, Richard Long, Declan McGonagle and Thérèse Oulton.
- Martin Creed – Work No. 1
- Andres Serrano – Piss Christ (photograph)
- Ernest Zobole – House Interior in Landscape
- 1 August – CJ de Silva, Filipino art director, painter, graphic designer and illustrator
- Xyza Cruz Bacani, Filipina street photographer
January to June
- 14 February – Else Halling, Norwegian tapestry weaver (b. 1899)
- 18 February – William Coldstream, English realist painter (b. 1908)
- 22 February – Andy Warhol, American artist, director and writer (b. 1928)
- 26 March – Georg Muche, German painter (b. 1895)
- 19 April – Milt Kahl, American animator (b. 1909)
July to December
- 30 July - Michel Tapié, French artist, critic, curator, and art collector (b. 1909)
- 29 August – Naji al-Ali, Palestinian cartoonist (b. c1938)
- 25 September - Harry Holtzman, American artist (b. 1912).
- 4 October – Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (b. 1947).
- 27 October – Jean Hélion, French painter (b. 1904)
- 28 October – André Masson, French artist (b. 1896)
- 4 November – Raphael Soyer Russian-born American painter, (b. 1899).
- 15 November – Ernő Goldfinger, Hungarian-born architect and furniture designer (b. 1902).
- 2 December – Robert Filliou, French Fluxus artist (b. 1926)
- 18 December - Dimitrije Bašičević, Serbian painter and sculptor (b. 1921)
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- Roland Ansieau, French Art Deco graphic artist (b. 1901).
- Raymond Moore, English landscape photographer (b. 1920).
- Myron Stout, American abstract painter (b. 1908).
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