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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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Charles Burchfield<br /><i>Ice Glare</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>33.64</span>
Charles Burchfield<br /><i>An April Mood</i>, 1946–55<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.39</span>
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John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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Bill Viola<br /><i>The Greeting</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.261</span>
Charles Burchfield<br /><i>Night Scene</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.117</span>
Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</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>
Shahzia Sikander<br /><i>Reinventing the Dislocation</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.83.4</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.1</span>
Bruce Nauman<br /><i>Green Horses</i>, 1988<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.130</span>
Man Ray<br /><i>Rayograph</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.140.2</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>Owh! in San Paõ</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.2</span>
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Lyonel Feininger<br /><i>Gelmeroda, <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">VIII</span></span></span></i>, 1921<br /><span class='accession-number'>53.38</span>
Janine Gordon<br /><i>Plant your feet on the ground and propel</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.161</span>
Lynda Benglis<br /><i>Contraband</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.14</span>
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>Untitled [Billboard Poster]</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.138</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>American Landscape</i>, 1920<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.690</span>
Gary Simmons<br /><i>Step In The Arena (The Essentialist Trap)</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.83</span>
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Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Scribbles (Whitney)</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.149</span>
Vija Celmins<br /><i>Heater</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.19</span>
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Robert Mangold<br /><i>Three Red X Within X</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.4a-c</span>
Nam June Paik<br /><i>V-yramid</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.11</span>
Elizabeth Catlett<br /><i>I am the Black woman</i>, 1947 (printed 1989)<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.189</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>A Woman in the Sun</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.31</span>
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Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>The Lord is My Shepherd</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.100</span>
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Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
Chris Burden<br /><i>The Atomic Alphabet</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.110</span>
Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Baltimore Departure</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.14</span>
Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Children Meeting</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.34</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>All Souls</i>, 1985–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.20</span>
Lawrence Weiner<br /><i>Here There & Everywhere</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.136</span>
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Jared French<br /><i>State Park</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>65.78</span>
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Robert A. Pruitt<br /><i>Divination Ceremony <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SLJK</span></span></span></i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.40.1</span>
Jack Goldstein<br /><i>Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer</i>, 1975<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.220</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Wooden Bottle with Hairs</i>, 1943<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.28.2a-l</span>
Peggy Bacon<br /><i>The Whitney Studio Club</i>, 1925<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.596</span>
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