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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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Joan Jonas<br /><i>Vertical Roll</i>, 1972<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.189</span>
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Max Weber<br /><i>Chinese Restaurant</i>, 1915<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.382</span>
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Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Man Ray<br /><i>La Fortune</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>72.129</span>
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Philip Evergood<br /><i>Lily and the Sparrows</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.42</span>
David Wojnarowicz<br /><i>Untitled (One day this kid . . .)</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.183</span>
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Peter Hujar<br /><i>David Wojnarowicz</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.76</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Quarantania</i>, 1941<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.80</span>
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Paul Pfeiffer<br /><i>The Pure Products Go Crazy</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.151</span>
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Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 10A</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1572 </span>
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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="" />
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Lee Krasner<br /><i>White Squares</i>, c. 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.1</span>
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Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Door to the River</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>60.63</span>
Alex Katz<br /><i>The Red Smile</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.3</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Soft Toilet</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.83a-b</span>
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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>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>East Side Interior</i>, 1922<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1020</span>
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Ralston Crawford<br /><i>Steel Foundry, Coatesville, Pa.</i>, 1936–37<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.10</span>
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Eva Hesse<br /><i><em>No title</em></i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.17a-b</span>
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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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Robert Bechtle<br /><i>’61 Pontiac</i>, 1968–69<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.16</span>
Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Fireflies on the Water</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.322a-tttttttt</span>
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Jasper Johns<br /><i>Three Flags</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.32</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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Zoe Leonard<br /><i>The Fae Richards Photo Archive</i>, 1993–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.51a-dddd</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Giant <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">BLT</span></span></span> (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.255a-s</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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Gregory Crewdson<br /><i>Untitled (north by northwest)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.169</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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Grant Wood<br /><i>Study for Breaking the Prairie</i>, 1935–39<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.33.2a-c</span>
George Luks<br /><i>Armistice Night</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.58</span>
George Bellows<br /><i>Dempsey and Firpo</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.95</span>
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Roni Horn<br /><i>Ellipsis (II)</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.13a-lll</span>
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Moira Dryer<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.39</span>
Louis Lozowick<br /><i>Corner of Steel Plant</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.68.202</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Blue Collar Tool & Die</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.8</span>
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>
Isabel Bishop<br /><i>Conversation</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.31.142</span>
Keith Sonnier<br /><i>Ba-O-Ba, Number 3</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.126</span>
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