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This selection reflects the wide range of mediums and movements in the Whitney’s collection, which comprises over 20,000 works. Works are being added to the online selection on an ongoing basis.

About the collection

The Whitney’s collection—comprising more than 20,000 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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Chris Burden<br /><i>Documentation of Selected Works 1971–75</i>, 1971–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.129</span>
Simone Forti<br /><i>Striding Crawling</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.88</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Crow</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.15</span>
Anne Truitt<br /><i>Triad</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.33</span>
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Weegee (Arthur Fellig)<br /><i>This man covered up with newspapers was killed in an auto accident. The driver of the car was arrested, but he put up such a terrific battle. . . cops had to put handcuffs on him.</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.90.17</span>
John Steuart Curry<br /><i>Baptism in Kansas</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.159</span>
Jared French<br /><i>State Park</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>65.78</span>
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Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</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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Stan Brakhage<br /><i>Persian Series 13–18</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.118</span>
Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Yoicks</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>71.210</span>
Michael Heizer<br /><i>Actual Size: Munich Rotary</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.137</span>
Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</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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Gordon Parks<br /><i>Bandaged Hands, Muhammad Ali</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.59</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>
Alice Neel<br /><i>Andy Warhol</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.52</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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Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>The Lord is My Shepherd</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.100</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Object with Red Discs</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.49a-c</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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Tom Wesselmann<br /><i>Still Life Number 36</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.151</span>
Mark Bradford<br /><i>Bread and Circuses</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.42</span>
Lee Krasner<br /><i>The Seasons</i>, 1957<br /><span class='accession-number'>87.7</span>
Hans Hofmann<br /><i>Magenta and Blue</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.20</span>
Robert Indiana<br /><i>The X-5</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.9a-e</span>
Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Woman and Bicycle</i>, 1952–53<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.35</span>
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Robert Henri<br /><i>Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, 1916<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.70.3</span>
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Robert Mangold<br /><i>Curled Figure Study <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">XIX</span></span></span></i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.191</span>
Adrian Piper<br /><i>Out of the Corner</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.38</span>
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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Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>Hollywood Africans</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.23</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>Backyards, Greenwich Village</i>, 1914<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.153</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Big Red</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.46</span>
Steven Parrino<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.174</span>
Fred Tomaselli<br /><i>Gravity’s Rainbow (Large)</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.9a-e</span>
Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>Watery Ecstatic</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.73</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Untitled (Hat Guys)</i>, 1980 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.131</span>
John Baldessari<br /><i>An Artist Is Not Merely the Slavish Announcer . . .</i>, 1966–68<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.21</span>
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Jane Hammond<br /><i>Fallen</i>, 2004–ongoing<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.6</span>
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