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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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R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.50</span>
Charles Demuth<br /><i>Distinguished Air</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.16</span>
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Charles Ray<br /><i>Puzzle Bottle</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.85a-b</span>
Stanton Macdonald-Wright<br /><i>“Oriental”; Synchromy in Blue-Green</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.8</span>
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Jessica Stockholder<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.256</span>
Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Fireflies on the Water</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.322a-tttttttt</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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Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Braselette</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.34.5</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Wooden Bottle with Hairs</i>, 1943<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.28.2a-l</span>
Jack Pierson<br /><i>Desire, Despair</i>, 1996<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.102.2a-l</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Green Coca-Cola Bottles</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.25</span>
Huma Bhabha<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.31</span>
Charles Burchfield<br /><i>An April Mood</i>, 1946–55<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.39</span>
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R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.55</span>
June Leaf<br /><i>The Head</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.27</span>
Robert Grosvenor<br /><i>Tenerife</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>67.51a-b</span>
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Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Giant <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">BLT</span></span></span> (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.255a-s</span>
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Elsie Driggs<br /><i>Pittsburgh</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.177</span>
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Inka Essenhigh<br /><i>War</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.32</span>
Anthony McCall<br /><i>Line Describing a Cone</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.248</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Self-Portrait at Eleven Years Old</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.11</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Agitation of the Archaic</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.43.1</span>
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William Eggleston<br /><i>Huntsville, Alabama</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.100.3</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.5</span>
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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Dennis Oppenheim<br /><i>Echo</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.85</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Artist’s ledger—Book <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">III</span></span></span></i>, 1924–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.210a-hhhh</span>
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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>South Carolina Morning</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>67.13</span>
Fairfield Porter<br /><i>The Screen Porch</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.1.41</span>
Jasper Johns<br /><i>Savarin</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.233</span>
Anne Truitt<br /><i>Triad</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.33</span>
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Kenny Scharf<br /><i>When the Worlds Collide</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.44</span>
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Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
Deborah Remington<br /><i>Haddonfield</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.81</span>
Tim Hawkinson<br /><i>Das Tannenboot</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.49</span>
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