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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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Jacqueline Humphries <br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.95</span>
Nancy Grossman<br /><i>Head 1968</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.81a-b</span>
Ross Bleckner<br /><i>Count No Count</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.28</span>
Catherine Sullivan<br /><i>Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.50</span>
Eric Fischl<br /><i>A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.17a-b</span>
Lewis Hine<br /><i>Newsies at Skeeters Branch, St. Louis, Missouri</i>, c. 1910<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.77.1</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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Peter Hujar<br /><i>David Wojnarowicz</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.76</span>
Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</span>
June Leaf<br /><i>The Head</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.27</span>
Charles Ray<br /><i>Pumpkin Poster</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.7</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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Stuart Davis<br /><i>Owh! in San Paõ</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.2</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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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Light at Two Lights</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1094</span>
Jennifer Bartlett<br /><i>Falcon Avenue, Seaside Walk, Dwight Street, Jarvis Street, Greene Street</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.22</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>
Sarah Sze<br /><i>Strange Attractor</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.1</span>
Robert Morris<br /><i>Untitled (L-beams)</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>76.29a-c</span>
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Charles Burchfield<br /><i>An April Mood</i>, 1946–55<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.39</span>
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Carl Andre<br /><i>Smithsonite Spiral</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.324</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>No. 8—Special (Drawing No. 8)</i>, 1916<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.52</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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Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</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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Ryan McGinley<br /><i>Elevator</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.311</span>
Joseph Stella<br /><i>The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.15</span>
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William Wegman<br /><i>Second and Third Steps</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.38.11</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.78a-l</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Little Clown, the Trumpeteer, from Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.8a-d</span>
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Wade Guyton<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.22a-h</span>
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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Two Sheets Stained With Blood</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.50</span>
Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Baltimore Departure</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.14</span>
Richard Serra<br /><i>Out-of-Round IX</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.10</span>
Yayoi Kusama<br /><i>Fireflies on the Water</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.322a-tttttttt</span>
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Zoe Leonard<br /><i>The Fae Richards Photo Archive</i>, 1993–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.51a-dddd</span>
Carroll Dunham<br /><i>Pine Gap</i>, 1985–86<br /><span class='accession-number'>86.36</span>
Hans Haacke<br /><i>Shapolsky et al. Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1, 1971</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.148a-gg</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.55</span>
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