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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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William Eggleston<br /><i>Huntsville, Alabama</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.100.3</span>
Ross Bleckner<br /><i>Count No Count</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.28</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.5</span>
Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Organ of Cause and Effect <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">III</span></span></span></i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>87.6a-f</span>
Nam June Paik<br /><i>V-yramid</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.11</span>
Arturo Herrera<br /><i>Before We Leave</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.144a-c</span>
John Baldessari<br /><i>Ashputtle</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.8a-m</span>
Dan Flavin<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>71.214</span>
Marsden Hartley<br /><i>Robin Hood Cove, Georgetown, Maine</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>87.63</span>
Vik Muniz<br /><i>Picture of Dust (Tony Smith, Die, 1962, installed at the Whitney Museum in “From the Collection: Photography, Sculpture, and Painting,” July 14, 1994–February 26, 1995)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.56</span>
Robert Indiana<br /><i>The X-5</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.9a-e</span>
Carl Andre<br /><i>Smithsonite Spiral</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.324</span>
Margaret Bourke-White<br /><i>The Louisville Flood</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.58</span>
Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>“Untitled” (America)</i>, 1994–95<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.74.1a-l</span>
Anne Collier<br /><i>Woman with a Camera (35mm)</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.21</span>
John Chamberlain<br /><i>Velvet White</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1579a-b</span>
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Tim Hawkinson<br /><i>Das Tannenboot</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.49</span>
Hans Haacke<br /><i>Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.148a-gg</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Four Darks in Red</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.9</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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Tom Wesselmann<br /><i>Still Life Number 36</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.151</span>
Judith Bernstein<br /><i>“L.B.J.”</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.86</span>
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Susan Meiselas<br /><i>Liberty Plaza, New York, September 11, 2001</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.96</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Stick Figure</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.72</span>
Chuck Close<br /><i>Phil</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.102</span>
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George C. Ault<br /><i>Hudson Street</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>33.40</span>
Hans Hofmann<br /><i>Magenta and Blue</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.20</span>
Nan Goldin<br /><i>The Ballad of Sexual Dependency</i>, 1979–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.127</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Twentysix Gasoline Stations</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'></span>
Elad Lassry<br /><i>Chilean Flamingo, 90028</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.194a-b</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>On the High Wire</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.3</span>
Charles Long<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.12</span>
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Lorna Simpson<br /><i>The Car</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.171a-m</span>
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>
Robert Motherwell<br /><i>Afternoon in Barcelona</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.35</span>
Christo<br /><i>The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.419a-b</span>
Cory Arcangel<br /><i>Super Mario Clouds</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.10</span>
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