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Works available online

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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1941–42  95.54
1999  2002.318
c. 1948  75.1
Audio
1960–66  98.16.3
On view Audio
1949  2000.338
On view Audio
1920–24  88.1a-c
Audio
1931  96.175
c. 1976  94.125
On view
1984  91.59.2a-o
Video
2000  2000.256
1937  81.18
1994  97.125.1a-c
1956  58.20
Audio
2010  2011.15
1985–87  91.20
1961  2002.259a-d
On view
1968–69  70.16
1924  31.271
1950  50.23
Audio
2001–3  2004.604a-b
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