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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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2008  2008.299
1946  47.7a-e
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1927  31.172
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1950  50.23
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1938  72.129
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1958  98.67.3
1956  57.10
1981  81.11a-c
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1985  85.72
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1966  93.14
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1920–24  88.1a-c
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1926–31  83.36.1-95
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Eli
1963  64.37
1998  2001.13a-lll
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1917 and 1966  96.174
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c. 1924  84.37a-b
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