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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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Roni Horn<br /><i>Ellipsis (II)</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.13a-lll</span>
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Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>“<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">LNAPRK</span></span></span>”</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.83</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>The Old Tool & Die Building</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.135</span>
John Singer Sargent<br /><i>Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, c. 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.22</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Agitation of the Archaic</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.43.1</span>
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Arthur Dove<br /><i>Ferry Boat Wreck</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.21</span>
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Peter Halley<br /><i>The Acid Test</i>, 1991–92<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.28a-d</span>
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Charles Demuth<br /><i>Distinguished Air</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.16</span>
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Dawoud Bey<br /><i>Hillary and Taro</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.18a-b</span>
David Rathman<br /><i>It Seldom Matters, the Words You say</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.4</span>
Raphael Soyer<br /><i>Bowery Nocturne</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.68.253</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>East Side Interior</i>, 1922<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1020</span>
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Frank Stella<br /><i>Die Fahne hoch!</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.22</span>
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Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Victory</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.19</span>
Edward Kienholz<br /><i>The Wait</i>, 1964–65<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.49a-m</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Seven A.M.</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.8</span>
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Ben Shahn<br /><i>The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti</i>, 1931–32<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.22</span>
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Arturo Herrera<br /><i>Before We Leave</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.144a-c</span>
Stan Brakhage<br /><i>Persian Series 13–18</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.118</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Man Ray Under Sheet</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.7a-c</span>
Jane Hammond<br /><i>Fallen</i>, 2004–ongoing<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.6</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Jackrabbit, Arizona</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.485</span>
Isamu Noguchi<br /><i>Humpty Dumpty</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>47.7a-e</span>
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Whitfield Lovell<br /><i>Shine</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.339a-b</span>
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Sue Coe<br /><i>Aids and the Federal Government</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.40</span>
Steven Parrino<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.16</span>
Mark Bradford<br /><i>Bread and Circuses</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.42</span>
Laurie Simmons<br /><i>Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera)</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.107</span>
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Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Music, Pink and Blue No. 2</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.90</span>
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Roy Lichtenstein<br /><i>Girl in Window (Study for World’s Fair Mural)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.254</span>
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K8 Hardy<br /><i>Positions Series #20</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.74</span>
George Segal<br /><i>Walk, Don’t Walk</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.4a-f</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Flower Abstraction</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.47</span>
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Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</span>
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Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Artist and His Mother</i>, c. 1926–36<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.17</span>
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John Chamberlain<br /><i>Velvet White</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1579a-b</span>
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