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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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1972  2000.189
Audio
1956  57.10
1931  96.175
1956  58.20
Audio
2004–ongoing  2007.6
1958  96.242.3
Audio
1970  88.17a-b
Video
1959  61.46
1926–31  83.36.1-95
On view Audio Video
1989  99.100a-h
2004  2006.70
1968  69.13.9
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