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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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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Fanni, the Belly Dancer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.24a-d</span>
Video
Dennis Oppenheim<br /><i>Echo</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.85</span>
Video
William Wegman<br /><i>Second and Third Steps</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.38.11</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>East Side Interior</i>, 1922<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1020</span>
Audio
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Elephant and Trainer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.13a-c</span>
Video
Jennifer Bartlett<br /><i>Falcon Avenue, Seaside Walk, Dwight Street, Jarvis Street, Greene Street</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.22</span>
Isabel Bishop<br /><i>Conversation</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.31.142</span>
Cindy Sherman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.46</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Untitled (Two Guys Looking at Sunglasses)</i>, 1981 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.133</span>
Toba Khedoori<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.125.1a-c</span>
Danny Lyon<br /><i>Two <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SNCC</span></span></span> Workers, Selma</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.6</span>
Ryan McGinley<br /><i>Elevator</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.311</span>
Peter Saul<br /><i>Saigon</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.103</span>
Video
Isamu Noguchi<br /><i>Humpty Dumpty</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>47.7a-e</span>
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Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Bill Viola<br /><i>The Greeting</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.261</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.5</span>
Bruce Nauman<br /><i>No-State</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.20</span>
Bruce Conner<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">EVE</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">RAY</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">FOREVER</span></span></span></i>, 1965 and 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.41</span>
Isamu Noguchi<br /><i>Work Sheets for Sculpture</i>, 1945<br /><span class='accession-number'>74.46</span>
Charles Simonds<br /><i>Dwellings</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.11a-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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Richard Misrach<br /><i>Bomb Crater and Destroyed Convoy, Bravo 20 Bombing Range, Nevada</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.72</span>
Franz Kline<br /><i>Untitled (Study for Mahoning)</i>, c. 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.114</span>
Ida Applebroog<br /><i>Emetic Fields</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.100a-h</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Stick Figure</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.72</span>
Arthur Dove<br /><i>Ferry Boat Wreck</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.21</span>
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Laurie Simmons<br /><i>Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera)</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.107</span>
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Ross Bleckner<br /><i>Count No Count</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.28</span>
Stan Brakhage<br /><i>Persian Series 13–18</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.118</span>
James Casebere<br /><i>Spanish Bath (Vertical)</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.108</span>
Lee Krasner<br /><i>The Seasons</i>, 1957<br /><span class='accession-number'>87.7</span>
Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>Poker Night (from “A Streetcar Named Desire”)</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.49.2</span>
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Charles Long<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.12</span>
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Jackson Pollock<br /><i>Number 18, 1951</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.258</span>
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Robert Motherwell<br /><i>Afternoon in Barcelona</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.35</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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