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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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Nam June Paik<br /><i>V-yramid</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.11</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia</i>, c. 1931–32<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.54a-b</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Phillips 66, Flagstaff, Arizona</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.467</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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Catherine Sullivan<br /><i>Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.50</span>
Gary Simmons<br /><i>Ghoster</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.100a-d</span>
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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> 2 (document)</i>, 1988<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.37a-e</span>
Mark Bradford<br /><i>Bread and Circuses</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.42</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Jackrabbit, Arizona</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.485</span>
Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Air Mail Stickers</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.34</span>
Audio
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Early Sunday Morning</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.426</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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Ad Reinhardt<br /><i>No War</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.50.11</span>
Mel Bochner<br /><i>Stupid</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.48</span>
Bill Viola<br /><i>The Greeting</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.261</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Varèse</i>, c. 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.25</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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Robert Smithson<br /><i>Non-site (Palisades-Edgewater, N.J.)</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.6a-b</span>
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Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Flying High</i>, 1982 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.132</span>
Nam June Paik<br /><i>Magnet TV</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.60a-b</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Big Red</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.46</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Stick Figure</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.72</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Betrothal, II</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.3</span>
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Charles Sheeler<br /><i>River Rouge Plant</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>32.43</span>
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Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 16</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1574</span>
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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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Edward Hopper<br /><i>New York Interior</i>, c. 1921<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1200</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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David Hammons<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.128a-u</span>
Audio
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Hudson, Amarillo, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.474</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Self Portrait</i>, 1925–30<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1165</span>
Audio
Laurie Simmons<br /><i>Walking Camera II (Jimmy the Camera)</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.107</span>
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Lawrence Weiner<br /><i>Here There & Everywhere</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.136</span>
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Joseph Kosuth<br /><i>Five Words in Green Neon</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.42a-c</span>
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Fairfield Porter<br /><i>The Screen Porch</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.1.41</span>
Lorna Simpson<br /><i>The Car</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.171a-m</span>
Charles LeDray<br /><i>Milk and Honey</i>, 1994–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.75a-b</span>
Christopher Williams<br /><i>Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Meiko laughing), Vancouver, B.C., April 6, 2005</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.31</span>
Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Door to the River</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>60.63</span>
Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><i>Ken Moody and Robert Sherman</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.103.3</span>
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