2003 in art
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The year 2003 in art involves various significant events.
- January 21 – The Spire of Dublin is completed.
- May 11 – Benvenuto Cellini's Saliera is stolen from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
- June 15-November 2 - A record number of seven co-curators is involved in the 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, directed by Francesco Bonami.
- November – Gustav Klimt's Landhaus am Attersee sells for $29,128,000.
- December 25 – Beagle 2 lands on the surface of Mars; its calibration target plate is painted by Damien Hirst.
- date unknown - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design takes over the Byam Shaw School of Art.
- Jim Sanborn, Critical Assembly, Corcoran School of Art
- Patti Smith, Strange Messenger, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh
- Archibald Prize – Geoffrey Dyer, a portrait of Richard Flanagan
- Beck's Futures – Rosalind Nashashibi
- Schock Prize in Visual Arts – Susan Rothenberg
- Turner Prize – Grayson Perry
- The Venice Biennale (June 15 - November 2) -
- Wynne Prize – Tim Kyle, Seated Figure
- Eco-Earth Globe, Salem, Oregon
- Jake and Dinos Chapman – Insult to Injury
- Tony Cragg – Stainless Steel Pillar
- Olafur Eliasson – The weather project (installation in Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London)
- Cornelia Parker – The Distance (A Kiss With String Attached): Subconscious of a Monument (interventionist sculpture)
- Michal Rovner - "Data Zone"
- Jørn Utzon - Homage to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (tapestry in the Sydney Opera House)
- Kehinde Wiley - Go
- David Fairbairn - "Self Portrait DF"
January to March
- 9 January – Constantin Kluge, Russian and French painter (b.1912)
- 20 January – Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b.1903).
- 21 January – Tony O'Malley, Irish painter (b.1913).
- 27 January – Louis Archambault, Canadian sculptor (b.1915).
- 2 February – Emerson Woelffer, American painter (b.1914).
- 10 February – Edgar de Evia, Mexican-born American photographer (b.1910).
- 14 March – Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born American performance and conceptual artist turned painter (b.1945).
April to June
- 9 April – Jorge Oteiza, Spanish sculptor, painter, designer and writer (b.1908).
- 16 April – Graham Stuart Thomas, English horticultural artist, author and garden designer (b.1909).
- 23 April – Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b.1910).
- 25 April – Lynn Chadwick, 88, English sculptor
- 29 May – Pierre Restany, French art critic and cultural philosopher (b.1930).
- 7 June – Georges Pichard, French comics artist (b.1920).
July to September
- 11 July - Dorothy Miller, 99, American curator (b.1904).
- 15 August – Kirk Varnedoe, American art historian, writer and curator (b.1946).
- 21 August – Wesley Willis, American artist and musician (b.1963).
- 29 August – Vladimír Vašíček, Czech painter (b.1919).
- 1 September – Terry Frost, English artist noted for his abstracts (b.1915).
October to December
- 3 October – William Steig, American cartoonist, sculptor and author (b.1907).
- 16 October – Avni Arbaş, Turkish artist (b.1919).
- 9 November – Mario Merz, Italian artist (b.1925).
- 4 December – David Vaughan, English psychedelic artist and muralist (b. 1944).
- 15 December – George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b.1923).
- 17 December – Wally Hedrick, American artist (b.1928).
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- Venice Biennale official website - Recent Years (2001-2011) Archived 2016-06-25 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 26 March 2014
- "artnet.com Magazine features - Vindicated at Venice". Archived from the original on 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2021-09-17.