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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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Douglas Davis<br /><i>The World’s First Collaborative Sentence</i>, 1994–<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.253</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Indian Feathers</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.260</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Self Portrait</i>, 1925–30<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1165</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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Edward Hopper<br /><i>A Woman in the Sun</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.31</span>
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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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Joseph Cornell<br /><i>Celestial Navigation</i>, c. 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.24a-k</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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Susan Rothenberg<br /><i>For the Light</i>, 1978–79<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.23</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.78a-l</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Twenty Cent Movie</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.43</span>
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Bruce Nauman<br /><i>Self Portrait as a Fountain</i>, 1966–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.50.9</span>
Christian Marclay<br /><i>Video Quartet</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.171</span>
Richard Estes<br /><i>The Candy Store</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.21</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Soft Toilet</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.83a-b</span>
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Lee Krasner<br /><i>White Squares</i>, c. 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.1</span>
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John Chamberlain<br /><i>Velvet White</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1579a-b</span>
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Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Air Mail Stickers</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.34</span>
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Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>Hollywood Africans</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.23</span>
Lisette Model<br /><i>Sammy’s, New York</i>, 1940–44<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.98.12</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Flying High</i>, 1982 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.132</span>
Alex Katz<br /><i>The Red Smile</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.3</span>
Frank Stella<br /><i>Gran Cairo</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>63.34</span>
Bruce Conner<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">EVE</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">RAY</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">FOREVER</span></span></span></i>, 1965 and 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.41</span>
Man Ray<br /><i>La Fortune</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>72.129</span>
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William Wegman<br /><i>Man Ray Under Sheet</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.7a-c</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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Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.263</span>
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Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Woman and Bicycle</i>, 1952–53<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.35</span>
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Jeff Koons<br /><i>New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Double-Decker</i>, 1981–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.30a-v</span>
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Man Ray<br /><i>New York</i>, 1917 and 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.174</span>
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Danny Lyon<br /><i>Two <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SNCC</span></span></span> Workers, Selma</i>, 1963 (printed 1964)<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.8</span>
Walker Evans<br /><i>Untitled (Subway Portrait), New York City</i>, c. 1939–41<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.98.2</span>
Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>“<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">LNAPRK</span></span></span>”</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.83</span>
Hannah Wilke<br /><i>S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Curlers)</i>, 1974<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.33</span>
Matt Saunders<br /><i>Danger Man #1</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.82</span>
Berenice Abbott<br /><i>Untitled (Foyer of the Whitney Museum of American Art on 8th Street, <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">NYC</span></span></span>)</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.4</span>
Marisol<br /><i>Women and Dog</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.17a-g</span>
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