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Rights & Reproductions

The Museum expressly prohibits the copying of any protected materials on this website, except for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the U.S. copyright laws. Images from the Whitney’s collection cannot be used for publication or commercial use without the prior written permission from the Museum's Rights and Reproductions Department.

The Whitney cannot grant permission or supply images for works from other collections or institutions. Certain images on the Site may be protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy/publicity, or related interests owned by one or more third parties. Any permission granted by the Whitney extends only to the rights held by the Whitney on the images. The Whitney makes no representation or warranty whatsoever as to whether any image may be reproduced or used for any purpose, and the licensee shall have sole responsibility for ascertaining whether any additional permissions or consents are required and for obtaining all such permissions and consents.

To submit a request for use of an image from the Whitney’s collection, please fill out the downloadable form below and fax or email it to the Rights and Reproductions Department:

Whitney Museum of American Art
Rights and Reproductions

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
t (212) 570-3660
f (646) 680-7805
rights_reproductions@whitney.org

For additional information about Whitney image policies, please see the Terms and Conditions page.

Licensing Agencies

For reproduction authorization of images on the website that include either © ARS or © VAGA in their caption, please contact the following licensing agencies. 

Artists Rights Society (ARS)
536 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY  10012
t (212) 420-9160
f (212) 420-9286 
info@arsny.com
 
VAGA (Visual Artists and Galleries Association Inc.) 
111 Broadway, Suite 1006
New York, NY  10006 
t (212) 736-6666
info@vagarights.com

Frequently Asked Questions

1 Does the Museum allow photography or videotaping?
Photography for personal, non-commercial use is permitted in the galleries. The use of flash, tripods and selfie sticks is prohibited. Personal videography is prohibited. Commercial filming requests should be directed to the Whitney Press Office. Unless posted otherwise, photography of temporary exhibitions or borrowed works of art is permitted.

 

2 I would like to buy a reproduction of a painting I like. Where can I find it?For information on what works are available, please visit the Whitney Museum Shop.

 

3 Does the Museum provide digital files of works in our collection or in exhibitions?
Images of works in the collection. can be found online, providing access to over 21,000 works by more than 3,000 artists. Images are for scholarly purposes only. We can only provide images and permission for works in the Whitney’s collection.

 

4 How do I obtain your current fee schedule?Contact the Whitney’s Rights and Reproductions office.

 

5 How do I get permission to reprint text from Whitney publications?Contact the Copyright Clearance Center, which handles reprint and photocopy permissions on behalf of the Whitney. Please include the title of the publication or ISBN/ISSN, author, essay or chapter titles as well as page references to facilitate your request.

 

Copyright Clearance Center
222 Rosewood Drive
Danvers, MA  01923
t (978) 750-8400
f (978) 646-8600
info@copyright.com

 

6 What is reproduction authorization, and why do I need to contact a licensing agency?Although the Museum may own a specific piece, the artist or his estate may be represented by an agency that specifically oversees the artist’s copyright. If an image on the website includes ARS or VAGA in the caption, then copyright permissions clearance must be obtained through the agency before the Whitney can agree to the publication of a particular image. Please see the “Licensing Agencies” section of this page for contact information.