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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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Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: The Letter</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.11</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
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Matt Saunders<br /><i>Danger Man #1</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.82</span>
Josephine Meckseper<br /><i>Untitled (Berlin Demonstration Series 1)</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.27a-e</span>
Amy Cutler<br /><i>Pine Fresh Scent</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.99</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1993–94<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.134a-d</span>
Roy Lichtenstein<br /><i>Little Big Painting</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.2</span>
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Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Untitled</i>, c. 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.259a-d</span>
Ana Mendieta<br /><i>Untitled (Fetish series, Iowa)</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.112</span>
Hannah Wilke<br /><i>S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Curlers)</i>, 1974<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.33</span>
Charles Sheeler<br /><i>Office Interior, Whitney Studio Club, 10 West 8 Street</i>, c. 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.24.1</span>
Robert Irwin<br /><i>No Title</i>, 1966–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.42a-e</span>
James Casebere<br /><i>Spanish Bath (Vertical)</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.108</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Spoon Drawing for Max</i>, 1985<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.270</span>
Elie Nadelman<br /><i>Tango</i>, 1920–24<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.1a-c</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
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Adam McEwen<br /><i>Untitled (Macaulay)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.94.3</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Shipping Out</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.7</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
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John Baldessari<br /><i>I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.121</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Object with Red Discs</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.49a-c</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
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Chris Burden<br /><i>Documentation of Selected Works 1971–75</i>, 1971–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.129</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>American Landscape</i>, 1920<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.690</span>
Steve Wheeler<br /><i>Laughing Boy Rolling</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>47.3</span>
Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>DeLuxe</i>, 2004–05<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.340a-hhh</span>
Vera Lutter<br /><i>Pepsi-Cola, Long Island City, IV: May 19, 1998</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.219</span>
Jeff Koons<br /><i>New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Double-Decker</i>, 1981–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.30a-v</span>
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Jim Nutt<br /><i>She’s Hit</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.101</span>
Byron Kim<br /><i>Synecdoche [Whitney artists]</i>, 1999–2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.2.3a-nn</span>
Hans Hofmann<br /><i>Magenta and Blue</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.20</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>All Souls</i>, 1985–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.20</span>
Jacqueline Humphries <br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.95</span>
Mark di Suvero<br /><i>Hankchampion</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.85</span>
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John F. Simon, Jr.<br /><i>Color Panel v1.0</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.88a-c</span>
Robert Bechtle<br /><i>’61 Pontiac</i>, 1968–69<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.16</span>
Steve Wolfe<br /><i>Untitled (Mumm/Jose Cuervo Cartons)</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.62a-b</span>
Grace Hartigan<br /><i>Grand Street Brides</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.27</span>
Laurie Simmons<br /><i>Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera)</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.107</span>
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