The year 2002 in art involves various significant events.
- 21 May – Extensions to the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London, designed by John Simpson, are opened.
- 3 July – Decapitation of a statue of Margaret Thatcher: a man decapitates a statue of former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.
- 10 July – At a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Lord Thomson of Fleet.
- 13 July – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art opens in the converted Baltic Flour Mill at Gateshead in North East England.
- 29 August – Frida, a biopic starring Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo, receives its world première at the Venice International Film Festival.
- 22 November – Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art opens to the public in Amherst, Massachusetts.
- 14 December – New building for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas, designed by Tadao Ando, opens to the public.
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- A sculpture by Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I (Dawn), is sold for US$ 9.2 million, a record for a Matisse sculpture at the time.
- Archibald Prize – Cherry Hood, Simon Tedeschi Unplugged
- Beck's Futures – Toby Paterson
- Hugo Boss Prize – Pierre Huyghe
- John Moores Painting Prize - Peter Davies for "Super Star Fucker - Andy Warhol Text Painting"
- Turner Prize – Keith Tyson
- Wynne Prize – Angus Nivision, Remembering Rain
- Magdalena Abakanowicz – Nierozpoznani ("The Unrecognised Ones", sculpture)
- Banksy – Balloon Girl (mural, London)
- Patricia Cronin - "Memorial to a Marriage" at Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York
- Ken Currie – Three Oncologists
- Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (bronze, Portland, Oregon)
- Gwen Gillen - Mary Tyler Moore (statue, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
- Anish Kapoor – Marsyas (Tate Modern, London)
- Ron Mueck – Mask II (sculpture)
- Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen – Cupid's Span (sculpture, San Francisco)
- Neo Rauch
- William Wegman – Dog Bowl (sculpture, Portland, Oregon)
- Olbram Zoubek, Jan Kerel and Zdeněk Holzel - "Memorial to the Victims of Communism" in Prague.
January to June
- 30 January – Inge Morath, Austrian photographer (b. 1923)
- February – Víctor Grippo, painter, engraver and sculptor, the father of conceptual art in Argentina (b. 1936)
- 16 February – Peter Voulkos, American ceramic sculptor (b. 1924)
- 12 March – Jean-Paul Riopelle, Canadian painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
- 22 May – Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, painter, and film maker (b. 1930).
- 12 June – Bill Blass, American fashion designer (b. 1922).
July to December
- 8 July – Ward Kimball, American Academy Award-winning animator (b. 1914).
- 13 July – Yousuf Karsh, Armenian-Canadian photographer (b. 1908).
- 17 July – George Rickey, American kinetic sculptor (b. 1907).
- 5 August – Robert Lenkiewicz, English painter (b. 1941).
- 11 August – Galen Rowell, American wilderness photographer, in aviation accident (b. 1940).
- 22 August – Richard Lippold, American sculptor (b. 1915).
- 19 October - Guy Krohg, Norwegian painter (b. 1917).
- 18 November – Bryan Robertson, English curator (b. 1925).
- 23 November – Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911).
- 9 December
- 26 December – Herb Ritts, American photographer (b. 1952).
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