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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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John Chamberlain<br /><i>Velvet White</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1579a-b</span>
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Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Woman and Bicycle</i>, 1952–53<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.35</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Suitcase filled with elements from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.65a-c</span>
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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.41</span>
Adolph Gottlieb<br /><i>Vigil</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.2</span>
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Wayne Thiebaud<br /><i>Pie Counter</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.11</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</span>
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Isabel Bishop<br /><i>Conversation</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.31.142</span>
Raphael Soyer<br /><i>The Mission</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.59</span>
Everett Shinn<br /><i>Revue</i>, 1908<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.346</span>
Betye Saar<br /><i>Mother and Children in Blue</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.46</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>Owh! in San Paõ</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.2</span>
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Arthur Dove<br /><i>The Critic</i>, 1925<br /><span class='accession-number'>76.9</span>
Richard Serra<br /><i>Out-of-Round IX</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.10</span>
George Bellows<br /><i>Dempsey and Firpo</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.95</span>
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Sue de Beer<br /><i>Hans und Grete</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.47</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Early Sunday Morning</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.426</span>
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John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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Charles Ray<br /><i>Boy</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.131a-i</span>
Ilse Bing<br /><i>Untitled (Studio self-portrait)</i>, 1945<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.388</span>
Charles Simonds<br /><i>Dwellings</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.11a-c</span>
Mark di Suvero<br /><i>Hankchampion</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.85</span>
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Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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Doug Aitken<br /><i>Untitled (Shopping Cart)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.134</span>
Anna Gaskell<br /><i>As the Serpent</i>, 1996<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.104</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Giant <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">BLT</span></span></span> (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.255a-s</span>
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George Luks<br /><i>Armistice Night</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.58</span>
Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Description of Table</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.48</span>
Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><i>Ken Moody and Robert Sherman</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.103.3</span>
Vito Acconci<br /><i>Claim Excerpts</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.160</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Artist’s ledger—Book <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">III</span></span></span></i>, 1924–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.210a-hhhh</span>
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Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Satellite</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.85</span>
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Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 12</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1573</span>
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David Ireland<br /><i>Northwest Version #2</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.12a-b</span>
Samuel Durant<br /><i>Legality is not Morality</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.635</span>
Joseph Cornell<br /><i>Celestial Navigation</i>, c. 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.24a-k</span>
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