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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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1981  81.11a-c
On view
1971  2000.160
Video
1994–96  96.75a-b
1992  92.128a-u
Audio
1940–44  97.98.12
1961  91.34.5
Audio
1926–31  83.36.1-95
On view Audio Video
2004–ongoing  2007.6
1962  63.34
1942  43.14
Audio
1962  2002.263
Audio
1982  83.8a-m
1970  92.15
1990  91.59.4a-e
1956  58.20
Audio
1987  97.19.1
1981  97.89.2
On view
1917 and 1966  96.174
Audio
1986  88.7a-h
1921  70.1048
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