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This selection reflects the wide range of mediums and movements in the Whitney’s collection, which comprises over 21,000 works. Works are being added to the online selection on an ongoing basis.

About the collection

The Whitney’s collection—comprising more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 3,000 artists—contains some of the most significant and exciting work created by artists in the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Museum’s rich holdings of realist and modernist work, Precisionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and Minimalism are particular strengths of the collection. In addition, the Museum has collected work by individuals who have shaped recent artistic practice but defy easy categorization by movement or medium. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the founder of the Museum, focused her collecting efforts on living artists, and this emphasis has been a guiding principle of the collection for the past eight decades. An appreciation of the areas of inquiry, working methods, and material exploration of today’s living artists guides our current acquisitions.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>Untitled [Billboard Poster]</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.138</span>
Vito Acconci<br /><i>Claim Excerpts</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.160</span>
Video
Charles Simonds<br /><i>Dwellings</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.11a-c</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.263</span>
Audio
Earl Horter<br /><i>The Chrysler Building Under Construction</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.17</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Green Coca-Cola Bottles</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.25</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view
Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Door to the River</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>60.63</span>
Betye Saar<br /><i>Mother and Children in Blue</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.46</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.479</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 12</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1573</span>
Audio
Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</span>
Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>The Lord is My Shepherd</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.100</span>
Audio Video
Grant Wood<br /><i>Study for Breaking the Prairie</i>, 1935–39<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.33.2a-c</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.1-95</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view Audio Video
Kiki Smith<br /><i>All Souls</i>, 1985–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.20</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
Audio
Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Paul Sharits<br /><i>Shutter Interface</i>, 1972<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.263</span>
Samuel Durant<br /><i>Legality is not Morality</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.635</span>
Anna Gaskell<br /><i>As the Serpent</i>, 1996<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.104</span>
Charles Burchfield<br /><i>An April Mood</i>, 1946–55<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.39</span>
Audio
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Vega, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.476</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Braselette</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.34.5</span>
Audio
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Tomato</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.13.9</span>
Joseph Kosuth<br /><i>Five Words in Green Neon</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.42a-c</span>
Audio
Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>“Untitled” (America)</i>, 1994–95<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.74.1a-l</span>
Paul Cadmus<br /><i>Sailors and Floosies</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.42a-b</span>
Audio
Steven Parrino<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.174</span>
John Singer Sargent<br /><i>Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, c. 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.22</span>
Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>“<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">LNAPRK</span></span></span>”</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.83</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Artist and His Mother</i>, c. 1926–36<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.17</span>
Audio
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Black Bean</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.13.2</span>
Corita Kent<br /><i>Ha</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.44</span>
Vito Acconci<br /><i>Hands Down/Side by Side</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.12</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>House and Street</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.3</span>
Audio
Vik Muniz<br /><i>Picture of Dust (Tony Smith, Die, 1962, installed at the Whitney Museum in “From the Collection: Photography, Sculpture, and Painting,” July 14, 1994–February 26, 1995)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.56</span>
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