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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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Louise Nevelson<br /><i>Dawn’s Wedding Chapel II</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.68a-m</span>
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Carl Andre<br /><i>Smithsonite Spiral</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.324</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'>95.7</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Untitled (Blue, Yellow, Green on Red)</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.261</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Why Not Use the “L”?</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.293</span>
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Morgan Fisher<br /><i>Color Balance</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.10</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Twenty Cent Movie</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.43</span>
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Kenny Scharf<br /><i>When the Worlds Collide</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.44</span>
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Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Description of Table</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.48</span>
David Park<br /><i>Four Men</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>59.27</span>
Nancy Graves<br /><i>Cantileve</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.39</span>
Jeff Koons<br /><i>Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.80.1.2</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Human Hang-Up Machine</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.165</span>
Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>DeLuxe</i>, 2004–05<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.340a-hhh</span>
Keith Haring<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.89.2</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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Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Victory</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.19</span>
Jonathan Borofsky<br /><i>Hammering Man at 2715346</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>90.30a-b</span>
Pat Steir<br /><i>July Waterfall</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>P.92.3</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Tomato</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.13.9</span>
Matthew Barney<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">DRAWING</span></span></span> <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">RESTRAINT</span></span></span> 7</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.33</span>
Rachel Harrison<br /><i>Claude Levi-Strauss</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.15a-f</span>
Lisette Model<br /><i>Sammy’s, New York</i>, 1940–44<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.98.12</span>
Daniel Joseph Martinez<br /><i>Divine Violence</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.289a-nnnn</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Monument Valley</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.104</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.41</span>
Vija Celmins<br /><i>Heater</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.19</span>
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Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>Hollywood Africans</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.23</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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Nam June Paik<br /><i>V-yramid</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.11</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Night Shadows</i>, 1921<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1048</span>
Robert Motherwell<br /><i>The Red Skirt</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.3</span>
Ida Abelman<br /><i>Wonders of our Time</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.80</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.13a-d</span>
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Kenneth Anger<br /><i>Mouse Heaven</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.226</span>
Alvin Loving<br /><i>Rational Irrationalism</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.74a-b</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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Robert Longo<br /><i>Body of a Comic</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.59.2a-o</span>
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