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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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1993  2000.267
1927  31.172
Audio
1992  97.97.1
1953  71.210
1967  68.12
1991–92  92.28a-d
Video
1928  2008.168
1962  2002.263
Audio
1991  97.84a-d
Audio
1966  79.83a-b
Audio
1940–44  97.98.12
1971  73.92.1
1967  69.103
Video
1970  92.15
1992  92.128a-u
Audio
1992  92.30
1998  99.28
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