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The year 2004 in art involved some significant events and new art works.
- April – A Belgian activist group cuts off the left hand of a bronze Congolese figure in a monument to Leopold II of Belgium in Ostend as a protest against colonial atrocities.
- 24 May – A fire in the Momart storage warehouse destroys major works by Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Patrick Heron, Damien Hirst and other British artists.
- 18 July – The subterranean Chichu Art Museum on the Japanese island of Naoshima, designed by Tadao Ando, opens.
- David Backhouse – Animals in War Memorial (London)
- Banksy – Di-faced Tenner (multiple copies)
- Bruce Beasley – Encounter (sculpture, Eugene, Oregon)
- Rachel Joynt – Noah's Egg (sculpture at Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin in Ireland)
- Liz Magor – LightShed (installation, Vancouver)
- Cornelia Parker – Perpetual Canon (installation)
- Paula Rego – The Cake Woman
- Donald Wilson – Holon (sculpture, Portland, Oregon)
- Statue of Mahatma Gandhi (sculpture, Houston, Texas)
- Artworks at Millennium Park in Chicago, United States:
- Archibald Prize – Craig Ruddy, David Gulpilil, two worlds
- Artes Mundi Prize - Xu Bing
- Beck's Futures – Saskia Olde Wolbers
- Hugo Boss Prize- Rirkrit Tiravanija
- Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration – Mordicai Gerstein, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
- En Foco's New Works Photography Award – Manuel Rivera-Ortiz
- John Moores Painting Prize - Alexis Harding - "Slump/Fear (orange/black)"
- Wynne prize – George Tjungurrayi, Untitled
- Edward Delaney retrospective – Royal Hibernian Academy
- Erich Heckel – His Work in the 1920s, Brücke Museum, Berlin
- Paul Henry at the National Gallery of Ireland
- Edward Hopper at the Tate Gallery, London
- "Drawings of Jim Dine" at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
January to March
- 4 January – Jeff Nuttall, English poet, publisher, actor, painter and sculptor (b.1933)
- 9 January – Nissim Ezekiel, Indian poet, playwright and art critic (b.1924)
- 7 February – Norman Thelwell, English cartoonist (b.1923)
- 4 March – Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer and artist (b.1953)
- 12 March - Milton Resnick, American Painter (b. 1917)
- 13 March – René Laloux, French animator and film director (b.1929)
April to June
- 1 April – Enrique Grau, Colombian painter and sculptor (b.1920)
- 7 April – Wolfgang Mattheuer, German painter and sculptor (b.1927)
- 25 April – Jacques Rouxel, French animator (b.1931).
- 12 May – Syd Hoff, American children’s book author and cartoonist (b.1912)
- 28 May – Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, French photographer (b.1921)
- 11 June – Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b.1946)
- 15 June – Lothar Fischer, German sculptor (b.1933)
July to September
- 2 July – John Cullen Murphy, American comics artist (b.1919)
- 19 July – Sylvia Daoust, Canadian sculptor (b.1902)
- 3 August – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer (b.1908)
- 4 August – Cécile Guillame, first woman to engrave a French postal stamps (b.1933).
- 8 August – Leon Golub, American painter (b.1922).
- 9 August – Liisi Beckmann, Finnish artist and designer (b.1924).
- 8 September – Frank Thomas, American animator (b.1912)
- 19 September – Eddie Adams, American Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer (b.1933)
October to December
- 1 October – Richard Avedon, American photographer (b.1923).
- 13 October – Ivor Wood, English stop-motion animator (b.1932).
- 15 October – Irv Novick, American comic book artist (b.1916).
- 13 November – Harry Lampert, American cartoonist, advertising artist and author (b.1916).
- 19 November
- 22 November – Leo Dee, American silverpoint artist (b.1931).
- 25 November – Ed Paschke, Polish-American painter (b.1939).
- 9 December – Sergey Voychenko, Belarusian artist and designer (b.1955).
- 16 December – Agnes Martin, Canadian-American painter (b.1912).
- 17 December – Tom Wesselmann, American pop artist (b.1931).
- December – Cleve Gray, American Abstract expressionist painter (b.1918).
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