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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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Robert Motherwell<br /><i>The Red Skirt</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.3</span>
Suzan Frecon<br /><i>Indigo and Red Ochre</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.143</span>
Blanche Lazzell<br /><i>Untitled (Abstraction)</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.41</span>
Joseph Stella<br /><i>The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.15</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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David Hammons<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.128a-u</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>South Carolina Morning</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>67.13</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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Charles Long<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.12</span>
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Oscar Bluemner<br /><i>Last Evening of the Year</i>, c. 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.115</span>
Betye Saar<br /><i>Mother and Children in Blue</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.46</span>
Lewis Hine<br /><i>Newsies at Skeeters Branch, St. Louis, Missouri</i>, c. 1910<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.77.1</span>
Sue Coe<br /><i>Aids and the Federal Government</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.40</span>
Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Matt Saunders<br /><i>Hanna and Mirror</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.28</span>
Alfred Stieglitz<br /><i>The Steerage</i>, 1907<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.106</span>
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Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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William Eggleston<br /><i>Huntsville, Alabama</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.100.3</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Wall Drawing #289: A six-inch (15cm) grid covering each of the four black walls. White lines to points on the grid. 1st wall: 24 lines from the center; 2nd wall: 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides; 3rd wall: 12 lines from each corner; 4th wall: 24 lines from the center, 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides, 12 lines from each corner.</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.1.1-4</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Little Clown, the Trumpeteer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.8a-d</span>
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Peter Hujar<br /><i>David Wojnarowicz</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.76</span>
Robert Frank<br /><i>Detroit, River Rouge Plant</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.146</span>
Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Ellipsis</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.15</span>
Chris Burden<br /><i>The Atomic Alphabet</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.110</span>
Cory Arcangel<br /><i>Super Mario Clouds</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.10</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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Wayne Thiebaud<br /><i>Pie Counter</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.11</span>
Wade Guyton<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.22a-h</span>
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Ad Reinhardt<br /><i>No War</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.50.11</span>
Barnett Newman<br /><i>The Promise</i>, 1949<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.338</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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Frederick Kiesler<br /><i>Model for the Endless House</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.8</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Beachhead</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.13</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>A Woman in the Sun</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.31</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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Agnes Martin<br /><i>Milk River</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.10</span>
Everett Shinn<br /><i>Revue</i>, 1908<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.346</span>
Joseph Cornell<br /><i>Celestial Navigation</i>, c. 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.24a-k</span>
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Eric Fischl<br /><i>A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.17a-b</span>
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