2008 in art
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- May – Police seize photographs by Bill Henson from an upcoming exhibition at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, Australia, as potentially constituting child pornography.
See also: Category:2008 sculptures
- Cairns, Portland, Oregon
- La Danse de la fontaine émergente, fountain in Paris designed by Chen Zhen and completed by his widow Xu Min
- Of All The People In All The World, installation and performance by Stan's Cafe
- Caldecott Medal – Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret'
- Hugo Boss Prize – Emily Jacir
- Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Fiona Lowry
- Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts – Mona Hatoum
- Turner Prize nominees – Runa Islam, Mark Leckey, Goshka Macuga and Cathy Wilkes.
January to March
- 3 January – Joan Gillchrest, 89, British painter.
- 2 February – Roger Testu, French cartoonist (b.1913).
- 3 March – William Brice, American painter and teacher (b.1921).
- 11 March – Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comics artist (b.1955).
- 19 March – Hugo Claus, Belgian novelist, poet, playwright, painter and film director (b.1929).
- 28 March – Michael Podro, English art historian (b.1931).
- 29 March
April to June
- 3 April – Vladimír Preclík, Czech writer and sculptor (b.1929).
- 6 April – John Plumb, English painter (b.1927).
- 9 April – Burt Glinn, American photographer (b.1925).
- 14 April – Ollie Johnston, American animator (b.1912).
- 16 April – Joseph Solman, American painter (b.1909).
- 23 April – Paul Wonner, American painter (b.1920).
- 25 April – Enrico Donati, Italian-born American Surrealist painter and sculptor (b.1909).
- 10 May – Herbert Albert, 82, British painter and etcher.
- 12 May – Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b.1925).
- 15 May – Will Elder, American illustrator and comic book artist (b.1921).
- 18 May – Pietro Cascella, Italian painter and sculptor (b.1921).
- 21 May – Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Portuguese artist and professor (b.1931).
- 23 May – Cornell Capa, Hungarian-American photographer and photo curator (b.1918).
- 28 May – Beryl Cook, English painter (b.1926).
- 1 June
- 18 June – Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and author of children's books (b.1915).
July to December
- 7 July
- 19 July – Dave Pearson, English painter (b.1937).
- 1 August – Pauline Baynes, English book illustrator (b.1922).
- 12 August – Michael Baxandall, Welsh art historian (b.1933).
- 18 August – Manny Farber, American painter and film critic (b.1917).
- 23 August – John Russell, British American art critic (b.1919).
- 3 September – Derek Davis, English painter and potter (b.1926).
- 4 September – Alain Jacquet, French artist (b.1939).
- 12 September – Simon Hantaï, Hungarian abstract artist (b.1922).
- 1 October – Boris Efimov, Russian cartoonist and propaganda artist (b.1900).
- 7 October – Miles Richmond, English painter (b.1922).
- 11 October – William Claxton, American photographer (b.1927)
- 14 October – Ray Lowry, English cartoonist and illustrator (b.1944).
- 18 October – Gwyther Irwin, English abstract artist (b.1931).
- 15 November – Grace Hartigan, American Abstract Expressionist painter, (b.1922)
- 16 November – Jan Krugier, Polish born Swiss art dealer (b. 1928.
- 17 December – Willoughby Sharp, American author, curator, critic (b.1936)
- 27 December – Robert Graham, Mexican-American sculptor (b.1938).
- 29 December - Vladislav Lalicki, Serbian painter (b. 1935).