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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 20,000 works. Works are being added to the online selection on an ongoing basis.

About the collection

The Whitney’s collection—comprising more than 20,000 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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1967  2010.46
1965  94.124
1959  61.46
1982  82.11
1992–96  97.5
1997  99.55a-b
1996  2002.104
1938  72.129
2005  2007.4
1967  69.101
1999  2000.145
1981  81.11a-c
On view
1978–79  79.23
1958–66  95.170
Audio Video
1999  2002.318
2008  2008.299
c. 1921  70.1200
On view Audio
c. 1930  80.25
On view
2001  2002.140
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