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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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Andrew Wyeth<br /><i>Winter Fields</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.91</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 Rauschenberg<br /><i>Satellite</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.85</span>
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Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Bread Line—No One Has Starved</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.43.1</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Green Coca-Cola Bottles</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.25</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Beeline Gas, Holbrook, Arizona</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.487</span>
Paul Thek<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.14</span>
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Weegee (Arthur Fellig)<br /><i>Untitled (Simply Add Boiling Water)</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.90.10</span>
Man Ray<br /><i>New York</i>, 1917 and 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.174</span>
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Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Negroes on Rockaway Beach</i>, 1934<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.2</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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Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Organ of Cause and Effect <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">III</span></span></span></i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>87.6a-f</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Jasper Johns<br /><i>Three Flags</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.32</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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Joe Jones<br /><i>American Farm</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.144</span>
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Arthur Dove<br /><i>Ferry Boat Wreck</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.21</span>
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Martha Rosler<br /><i>The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems</i>, 1974–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.4a-x</span>
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Jackson Pollock<br /><i>Untitled</i>, c. 1939–42<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.18</span>
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Steven Parrino<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.174</span>
Patrick Henry Bruce<br /><i>Painting</i>, c. 1921–22<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.20</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Agitation of the Archaic</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.43.1</span>
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Edward Steichen<br /><i>Portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.7</span>
Alex Hay<br /><i>Paper Bag</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.9</span>
Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.6</span>
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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Adrian Piper<br /><i>Out of the Corner</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.38</span>
Edward Kienholz<br /><i>The Wait</i>, 1964–65<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.49a-m</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Tumbler on Swing</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.4</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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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Object with Red Discs</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.49a-c</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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Kenneth Anger<br /><i>Mouse Heaven</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.226</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Juggler with Dog</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.2</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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George Luks<br /><i>Armistice Night</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.58</span>
David Wojnarowicz<br /><i>Untitled (One day this kid . . .)</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.183</span>
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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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Gabriel Orozco<br /><i>Parachute in Iceland (South)</i>, 1996<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.36</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space—Map Projections: The Doughnut</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.168</span>
Danny Lyon<br /><i>Two <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SNCC</span></span></span> Workers, Selma</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.6</span>
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