2001 in art
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- 1 January – A black monolith measuring approximately 9 feet tall appears in Seattle, Washington's Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous artist in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- 4 June – Unveiling of Rachel Whiteread's Untitled Monument on the Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square, London.
- 17 July – Inauguration of the Altamira cave replica created by Manuel Franquelo and Sven Nebel.
- 11 September – An estimated $100 million worth of art is destroyed in the 11 September attacks on New York City. Public artwork accounts for around $10 million of this figure, which includes works by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró and Roy Lichtenstein. Fritz Koenig's Great Spherical Caryatid ("The Sphere") survives though damaged.
- Undated – A new wing in the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery of the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, is dedicated to the memory of Michel Kikoine.
- Archibald Prize – Nicholas Harding for John Bell as King Lear
- Beck's Futures – Tim Stoner
- Schock Prize in Visual Arts – Giuseppe Penone
- Turner Prize – Martin Creed for Work No. 227: The lights going on and off (Tate)
- Venice Biennial
- Jeremy Deller – Battle of Orgreave
- Lucian Freud – Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- Tracy Harris – Funnel
- Zeng Fanzhi – The Last Supper
- Michael Landy - Breakdown
- Rigga - sculptures (Portland, Oregon) jointly with artists
- Tamsie Ringler - Living Room (sculpture, Gresham, Oregon)
- Michael Stutz - Facing the Crowd (sculptures, Portland, Oregon)
January to June
- 30 January – O. Winston Link, American photographer. (b. 1914)
- 12 February – Kristina Söderbaum, Swedish-German film actress, producer and photographer (b. 1912)
- 17 February – Barry Burman, English painter and educator (b. 1943)
- 18 February – Balthus, French modern artist (b. 1908)
- 4 March
- 1 June – Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
- 19 June – David Sylvester, English art critic and curator (b. 1924)
- 27 June – Tove Jansson, Swedish-Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author (b. 1914)
July to December
- 4 July – Anne Yeats, Irish painter and stage designer (b. 1919)
- 11 July – Herman Brood, Dutch musician, painter and media personality (b. 1946)
- July – Hélène de Beauvoir, French painter (b. 1910)
- 23 October
- 3 November – Sir Ernst Gombrich, Austrian-born art historian (b. 1909)
- 19 November – Marcelle Ferron, Canadian painter and stained glass artist (b. 1924)
- December – Mercedes Matter, American painter (b. 1913)
- 29 December – György Kepes, Hungarian-born painter, designer, educator and art theorist (b. 1906)