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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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1978–79  79.23
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1967  2010.46
1994–96  96.75a-b
2000  2000.339a-b
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1958  80.32
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1925  77.12
1961  2002.259a-d
1924–67  96.210a-hhhh
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1925–30  70.1165
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1969  2008.14
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1920–24  88.1a-c
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1988  99.89
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1980 (printed 2001)  2010.131
2004–05  2006.340a-hhh
1941–42  95.54
1952  79.43
1998  2001.13a-lll
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1956  58.20
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1965  86.60a-b
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1977  81.38
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1948  49.2
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c. 1939–42  85.18
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