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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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George Tooker<br /><i>The Subway</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.23</span>
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Tony Smith<br /><i>Die</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.6</span>
Deborah Butterfield<br /><i>Resting Horse</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.63</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Fanni, the Belly Dancer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.24a-d</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>A Woman in the Sun</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.31</span>
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Ryan McGinley<br /><i>Elevator</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.311</span>
Charles Simonds<br /><i>Dwellings</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.11a-c</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.1-95</span>
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William Wegman<br /><i>Crow</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.15</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>Owh! in San Paõ</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.2</span>
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Jay DeFeo<br /><i>The Rose</i>, 1958–66<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.170</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.78a-l</span>
Jasper Johns<br /><i>Three Flags</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.32</span>
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Jasper Johns<br /><i>Savarin</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.228</span>
Wayne Thiebaud<br /><i>Pie Counter</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.11</span>
Duane Hanson<br /><i>Woman with Dog</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.6</span>
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Jack Goldstein<br /><i>Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer</i>, 1975<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.220</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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Luis Gispert<br /><i>Untitled (Three Asian Cheerleaders)</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.141</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Birmingham Race Riot</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.53.6a-b</span>
Ching Ho Cheng<br /><i>Sun Drawing</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.46</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space—Map Projections: The Snail</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.167</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Spiral Woman</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.60a-b</span>
Taryn Simon<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">LARRY</span></span></span> <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">MAYES</span></span></span></i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.31</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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David Smith<br /><i>Eng No. 6</i>, 1952<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.43</span>
Charles Demuth<br /><i>Distinguished Air</i>, 1930<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.16</span>
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Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Pepper Pot</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.13.8</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Negroes on Rockaway Beach</i>, 1934<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.2</span>
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George Bellows<br /><i>Dempsey and Firpo</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.95</span>
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Margaret Bourke-White<br /><i>Dam at Fort Peck, Montana</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.55</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.5</span>
Kay Sage<br /><i>No Passing</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.10</span>
Walton Ford<br /><i>Visitation</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.40.6</span>
Elizabeth Murray<br /><i>Untitled States (I–V)</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.274a-e</span>
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