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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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Los Carpinteros<br /><i>Transportable City</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.182</span>
Paul Chan<br /><i>1st <del>Light</del></i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.4</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.56</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Five Towers</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.7a-h</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Light at Two Lights</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1094</span>
Adrian Piper<br /><i>Out of the Corner</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.38</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Artist and His Mother</i>, c. 1926–36<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.17</span>
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Adam McEwen<br /><i>Untitled (Bill)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.94.1</span>
Robert Arneson<br /><i>Whistling in the Dark</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.37a-b</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space—Map Projections: The Doughnut</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.168</span>
Patrick Henry Bruce<br /><i>Painting</i>, c. 1921–22<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.20</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Charles Ray<br /><i>Man in Tree</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.74</span>
Charles Burchfield<br /><i>Noontide in Late May</i>, 1917<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.408</span>
Stephen Dean<br /><i>Pulse</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.140</span>
George Tooker<br /><i>The Subway</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.23</span>
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>“Untitled” (America)</i>, 1994–95<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.74.1a-l</span>
Clyfford Still<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1956<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.265</span>
Robert Longo<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.55</span>
Blanche Lazzell<br /><i>Untitled (Abstraction)</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.41</span>
Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>DeLuxe</i>, 2004–05<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.340a-hhh</span>
Peter Blume<br /><i>Light of the World</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>33.5</span>
Judy Pfaff<br /><i>Supermercado</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.34a-y</span>
James Rosenquist<br /><i>Broome Street Trucks After  Herman Melville</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.20</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.6</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Birmingham Race Riot</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.53.6a-b</span>
Andreas Feininger<br /><i>New York</i>, 1940<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.82</span>
Catherine Murphy<br /><i>View From the Backyard; Lexington</i>, 1972–73<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.27</span>
Peggy Bacon<br /><i>The Ardent Bowlers</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>32.85</span>
James Van Der Zee<br /><i>Marcus Garvey Rally</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.416</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Extra Large Drawing #8</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.44</span>
Inka Essenhigh<br /><i>War</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.32</span>
Kristin Baker<br /><i>Ride to Live, Live to Ride</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.107a-c</span>
Robert Irwin<br /><i>No Title</i>, 1966–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.42a-e</span>
Paul Thek<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.14</span>
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Joel Sternfeld<br /><i>Wet ’n Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980</i>, 1980 (printed 1984)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.3</span>
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