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This selection reflects the wide range of mediums and movements in the Whitney’s collection, which comprises over 19,000 works. Works are being added to the online selection on an ongoing basis.

About the collection

The Whitney’s collection—comprising more than 19,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media by more than 2,900 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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Patricia  Coffie <br /><i>Head of State I</i>, 2007 (printed 2009)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.83</span>
Inka Essenhigh<br /><i>War</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.32</span>
Jonathan Borofsky<br /><i>Hammering Man at 2715346</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>90.30a-b</span>
Charles Demuth<br /><i>Distinguished Air</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.16</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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Carol Summers<br /><i>Kill for Peace</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.50.14</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>The Wild Beast Cage</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.50.2</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 Motherwell<br /><i>Afternoon in Barcelona</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.35</span>
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith<br /><i>War is Heck</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.287</span>
Robert Arneson<br /><i>Whistling in the Dark</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.37a-b</span>
Larry Rivers<br /><i>Washington Crossing the Delaware</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.27</span>
Nam June Paik<br /><i>Magnet TV</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.60a-b</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Self Portrait</i>, 1925–30<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1165</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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Oscar Bluemner<br /><i>A Situation in Yellow</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>67.66</span>
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Fred Wilson<br /><i>Guarded View</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.84a-d</span>
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Clyfford Still<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1956<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.265</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Early Sunday Morning</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.426</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 Estes<br /><i>The Candy Store</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.21</span>
Ralston Crawford<br /><i>Steel Foundry, Coatesville, Pa.</i>, 1936–37<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.10</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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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Vega, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.476</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Stick Figure</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.72</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
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Eric Fischl<br /><i>A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.17a-b</span>
Danny Lyon<br /><i>Two <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SNCC</span></span></span> Workers, Selma</i>, 1963 (printed 1964)<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.8</span>
Omer Fast<br /><i>Glendive Foley</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.558</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Green Coca-Cola Bottles</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.25</span>
Jacqueline Winsor<br /><i>Bound Logs</i>, 1972–73<br /><span class='accession-number'>74.53</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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James Casebere<br /><i>Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #1</i>, 2009 (printed 2010)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.68</span>
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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>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Elephant and Trainer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.13a-c</span>
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Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored)</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.275</span>
John Marin<br /><i>Region of Brooklyn Bridge Fantasy</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.8</span>
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Andy Warhol<br /><i>Untitled (Cyclist)</i>, c. 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.125</span>
Ilse Bing<br /><i>East River with Boat, New York</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.376</span>
Luis Gispert<br /><i>Untitled (Three Asian Cheerleaders)</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.141</span>
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