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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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Joseph Cornell<br /><i>Celestial Navigation</i>, c. 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.24a-k</span>
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George Segal<br /><i>Walk, Don’t Walk</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.4a-f</span>
Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Untitled States (I–V)</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.274a-e</span>
Joseph Stella<br /><i>The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.15</span>
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Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Door to the River</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>60.63</span>
Jack Goldstein<br /><i>Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer</i>, 1975<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.220</span>
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Philip Evergood<br /><i>Lily and the Sparrows</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.42</span>
Arthur Dove<br /><i>Ferry Boat Wreck</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.21</span>
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Agnes Martin<br /><i>Milk River</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.10</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>The Wild Beast Cage</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.50.2</span>
Barbara Kruger<br /><i>Untitled (Thinking of You)</i>, 1999–2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.217</span>
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Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Air Mail Stickers</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.34</span>
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James L. Wells<br /><i>Looking Upward</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.168</span>
Josephine Meckseper<br /><i>Untitled (Berlin Demonstration Series 1)</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.27a-e</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Twenty Cent Movie</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.43</span>
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Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
Federico Castellón<br /><i>The Dark Figure</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.3</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Twentysix Gasoline Stations</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'></span>
Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>The Lord is My Shepherd</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.100</span>
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Adam McEwen<br /><i>Untitled (Jeff)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.94.2</span>
Alfred Stieglitz<br /><i>The City of Ambition</i>, 1910 (printed 1911)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.49</span>
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Jaune Quick-To-See Smith<br /><i>War is Heck</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.287</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Self Portrait</i>, 1925–30<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1165</span>
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Kristin Baker<br /><i>Ride to Live, Live to Ride</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.107a-c</span>
Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Spoon Drawing for Max</i>, 1985<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.270</span>
Burgoyne Diller<br /><i>Third Theme</i>, 1946–48<br /><span class='accession-number'>58.58</span>
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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>
Shahzia Sikander<br /><i>Reinventing the Dislocation</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.83.4</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Two Sheets Stained With Blood</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.50</span>
Richard Misrach<br /><i>Bomb Crater and Destroyed Convoy, Bravo 20 Bombing Range, Nevada</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.72</span>
Steven Parrino<br /><i>Process Cult</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.70</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Ezra Stoller<br /><i>Whitney Museum of American Art (at night), New York City (1966), Architect: Marcel Breuer</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.86</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.56</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Why Not Use the “L”?</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.293</span>
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K8 Hardy<br /><i>Positions Series #20</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.74</span>
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