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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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Cory Arcangel<br /><i>Photoshop CS: 110 by 72 inches, 300 <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">DPI</span></span></span>, <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">RGB</span></span></span>, square pixels, default gradient “Yellow, Violet, Red, Teal”, mousedown y=16450 x=10750, mouse up y=18850 x=20600</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.21</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Artist and His Mother</i>, c. 1926–36<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.17</span>
Audio
Marisol<br /><i>Women and Dog</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.17a-g</span>
Audio
Walker Evans<br /><i>Untitled (Subway Portrait), New York City</i>, c. 1939–41<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.98.2</span>
Elizabeth Peyton<br /><i>Live to Ride (E.P.)</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.41</span>
Alice Neel<br /><i>Andy Warhol</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.52</span>
Audio
Edward Hopper<br /><i>American Landscape</i>, 1920<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.690</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Vega, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.476</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view
Gary Simmons<br /><i>Step In The Arena (The Essentialist Trap)</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.83</span>
Video
Michal Rovner<br /><i>Decoy #3</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.88</span>
Douglas Davis<br /><i>The World’s First Collaborative Sentence</i>, 1994–<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.253</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Twentysix Gasoline Stations Slant</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.44</span> <img src="/ui/on-view-pin.gif" width="10" height="10" alt="On view in the museum" align="absmiddle" title="" />
On view
Alex Katz<br /><i>Eli</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.37</span>
Kenny Scharf<br /><i>When the Worlds Collide</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.44</span>
Video
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 10A</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1572 </span>
Audio
Amy Sillman<br /><i>Hamlet</i>, 2001–02<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.306</span>
E.V. Day<br /><i>Bombshell</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.318</span>
Emily Jacir<br /><i>Munir</i>, 2001–3<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.604a-b</span>
Robert Henri<br /><i>Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, 1916<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.70.3</span>
Audio
Viola Frey<br /><i>Me Man</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.39a-i</span>
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith<br /><i>War is Heck</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.287</span>
Glen Seator<br /><i>B.D.O.</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.54</span>
Christopher Williams<br /><i>Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Meiko laughing), Vancouver, B.C., April 6, 2005</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.31</span>
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney<br /><i>Chinoise</i>, 1914<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.79</span>
Raphael Soyer<br /><i>Office Girls</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.149</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Hudson, Amarillo, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.474</span>
Roy Lichtenstein<br /><i>Girl in Window (Study for World’s Fair Mural)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.254</span>
Audio
Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>The Lord is My Shepherd</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.100</span>
Audio Video
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Soft Toilet</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.83a-b</span>
Audio
Charles Long<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.12</span>
Video
Adam McEwen<br /><i>Untitled (Macaulay)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.94.3</span>
Richard Avedon<br /><i>Bill Curry, drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon, Oklahoma, 6/16/80</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.24</span>
Vito Acconci<br /><i>Claim Excerpts</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.160</span>
Video
Franz Kline<br /><i>Mahoning</i>, 1956<br /><span class='accession-number'>57.10</span>
Richard Diebenkorn<br /><i>Ocean Park #125</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.36</span>
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