The year 2005 in art involves various significant events.
- June – Zentrum Paul Klee, a museum dedicated to Paul Klee, designed by Renzo Piano, opens at Bern in Switzerland.
- September 30 – Controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
- Archibald Prize – John Olsen, Self portrait Janus Faced
- Beck's Futures – Christina Mackie
- Caldecott Medal for children's book illustration – Kevin Henkes, Kitten's First Full Moon
- Rolf Schock Prize in Visual Arts – Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa
- Turner Prize – Simon Starling, Shedboatshed
- The Venice Biennial (June 12 - November 6):
- Wynne prize – Jenny Sages, The Road to Utopia
- February 12–27 – The Gates, installation art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Central Park, New York City.
- May 10 – Dedication of Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, designed by architect Peter Eisenman originally working with sculptor Richard Serra (both Americans), in Berlin.
- July 9 – Unveiling of Monument to the Women of World War II, sculpted by John W. Mills, in Whitehall, London.
- Louise Bourgeois – Father and Son (sculpture in Seattle)
- Herbert Dreiseitl – Artwall (installation art in Portland, Oregon)
- Roy McMakin
- Ron Mueck – In Bed (sculpture in Queensland Gallery of Modern Art)
- Odd Nerdrum – Cannibals
- Dennis Oppenheim – Engagement (sculptures)
- Bridget Riley – Red Movement
- Aleksander Balos – Travaux récents (organised by Arts nord sud, at Espace Griffon, Crédit Municipal, Paris, France)
January to March
- 1 January – Eugene J. Martin, American visual artist (b.1938).
- 2 January – Frank Kelly Freas, American illustrator and painter (b. 1922)
- 4 January
- 14 January
- 25 January
- 27 January
- 7 February – Paul Rebeyrolle, French painter (b.1926).
- 18 February – Harald Szeemann, Swiss curator and art historian (b.1933).
- 21 February – Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist (b.1929).
- 15 March – Judith Scott, American outsider fiber sculptor (b.1943).
- 20 March – Walter Hopps, American museum director and curator (b.1932).
April to June
- 5 April
- 10 April – Carl Abrahams, Jamaican painter (b.1911)
- 11 April – André François, French cartoonist (b.1915)
- 13 April
- 19 April – Clement Meadmore, Australian-born American sculptor (b.1929)
- 22 April – Eduardo Paolozzi, Scottish-born sculptor and artist (b.1924)
- 27 May – Fay Godwin, English landscape photographer (b.1931)
- 12 June – David Whitney, American independent curator and art dealer (b.1939)
- 21 June – Al Loving, African American abstract impressionist painter (b.1935)
July to December
- 22 July - Dragoš Kalajić, Serbian painter (b. 1943)
- 26 July – Robert C. Turner, American potter (b.1913)
- 27 July – Al Held, American Abstract expressionist painter (b.1928)
- 1 August – Constant Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter, one of the innovators of Unitary Urbanism (b.1920)
- 16 August – Joe Ranft, American magician, animation storyboard artist and voice actor (b.1960)
- 22 August – Juliet Pannett, English portrait artist (b. 1911)
- 26 August – Robert Denning, American interior designer (b.1927)
- 22 October – Arman, French-born American artist (b.1928)
- 28 October – Raymond Hains, French artist and photographer (b.1926)
- 11 November – Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, English photographer (b.1939)
- 2 December – Lillian Browse, English art dealer and historian (born 1906)
- Smith, David (10 July 2005). "Queen honours war's heroines". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
- Hurlston, David; et al. (2010). Ron Mueck (Exhibition Catalog). Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria.
- "Dale Messick, Cartoonist Who Created Brenda Starr, Dies at 98". The New York Times. 2005-04-07. Retrieved 2015-03-03.
- "A Tribute to Philip Pavia (1912-2005)". The Brooklyn Rail. 2005-12-10. Retrieved 2015-03-03.