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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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1964–65  66.49a-m
Video
2005  2006.226
c. 1930  80.25
On view
1949  63.46
Audio
1956  2002.265
1945  99.5.1
1969  69.102
Audio
1917 and 1966  96.174
Audio
1920–24  88.1a-c
On view Audio
1946  47.7a-e
Audio
1927  31.177
Audio
1927  31.172
Audio
1958–66  95.170
Audio Video
1948  49.2
Audio
1982  2002.228
1950  50.23
Audio
1982  2002.233
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