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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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1931  98.8.1
2001  2001.344
1992  94.18a-b
1969  69.102
Audio
1994 and 1999  2003.268
Video
1937  81.18
1964  71.214
1991–92  92.28a-d
Video
1981  91.55
1953  71.210
1999  2001.151
1977  77.33
1967  69.103
Video
1968 (refabricated 2007)  69.20a-b
Audio
1950  50.23
Audio
1966  79.83a-b
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