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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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Jennifer Bartlett<br /><i>Large Red Man Reading #5</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.194a-j</span>
Florine Stettheimer<br /><i>Sun</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.36a-b</span>
Gerald Murphy<br /><i>Cocktail</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.188</span>
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Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Why Not Use the “L”?</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.293</span>
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Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Description of Table</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.48</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Elephant and Trainer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.13a-c</span>
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Ryan McGinley<br /><i>Elevator</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.311</span>
Amy Granat and Drew Heitzler<br /><i>T.S.O.Y.W.</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.18</span>
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Amy Granat and Drew Heitzler<br /><i>T.S.O.Y.W.</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.18</span>
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AA Bronson<br /><i>Felix Partz, June 5, 1994</i>, 1994 and 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.268</span>
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R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.54</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Railroad Sunset</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1170</span>
Raymond Pettibon<br /><i>No Title</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.19.1</span>
Carl Andre<br /><i>Twenty-Ninth Copper Cardinal</i>, 1975<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.55a-cc</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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David Wojnarowicz<br /><i>Untitled (One day this kid . . .)</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.183</span>
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Charles Ray<br /><i>Puzzle Bottle</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.85a-b</span>
Wade Guyton<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.22a-h</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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Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>DeLuxe</i>, 2004–05<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.340a-hhh</span>
William H. Johnson<br /><i>Jitterbugs VI</i>, 1941–42<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.54</span>
Trenton Doyle Hancock<br /><i>Rememor with Membry</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.229</span>
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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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James L. Wells<br /><i>Looking Upward</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.168</span>
Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Untitled States (I–V)</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.274a-e</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Pink Days and Blue Days</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.101a-s</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Four Darks in Red</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.9</span>
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Robert Motherwell<br /><i>Three Figures Shot</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.31</span>
Bernarda Bryson Shahn<br /><i>A Mule and A Plow</i>, 1935-1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.97.1</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.1-95</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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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>
Frank Stella<br /><i>Die Fahne hoch!</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.22</span>
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George Segal<br /><i>Walk, Don’t Walk</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.4a-f</span>
Pat Steir<br /><i>September Evening Waterfall</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.322</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.479</span>
Peter Saul<br /><i>Saigon</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.103</span>
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