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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 19,000 works. Works are being added to the online selection on an ongoing basis.

About the collection

The Whitney’s collection—comprising more than 19,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 2,900 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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1940

1940  2001.82

 

1940–44  97.98.12

 

1940  79.6a-c
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1941

1941  77.80
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1941–42  95.54

1942

1942  43.14
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1942  77.91

 

1945  99.5.1

1946

1946–55  55.39
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1946–48  58.58
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1946  65.78
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1946  47.2

 

1946  47.7a-e
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1947

1947 (printed 1989)  95.189

 

1947  97.98.5

 

1948  49.2
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1948  50.8
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