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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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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.479</span>
Jasper Johns<br /><i>Savarin</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.238</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>Owh! in San Paõ</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.2</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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Ellsworth Kelly<br /><i>La Combe I</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.249</span>
Robyn O’Neil<br /><i>The Ruin</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.108</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 10A</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1572 </span>
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Robert Indiana<br /><i>The X-5</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.9a-e</span>
Mark Lombardi<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">BCCI</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">ICIC</span></span></span> & <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">FAB</span></span></span>, 1972-91 (4th Version)</i>, 1996–2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.250.1</span>
Richard Misrach<br /><i>Bomb Crater and Destroyed Convoy, Bravo 20 Bombing Range, Nevada</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.72</span>
Jay DeFeo<br /><i>The Rose</i>, 1958–66<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.170</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Big Red</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.46</span>
Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</span>
Mark Rothko<br /><i>Untitled (Blue, Yellow, Green on Red)</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.261</span>
Anne Collier<br /><i>Despair</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.20</span>
James Casebere<br /><i>Spanish Bath (Vertical)</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.108</span>
Isamu Noguchi<br /><i>Humpty Dumpty</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>47.7a-e</span>
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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.41</span>
Samuel Durant<br /><i>Legality is not Morality</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.635</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Crow</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.15</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Scribbles (Whitney)</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.149</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 16</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1574</span>
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Janine Antoni<br /><i>Mortar and Pestle</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.53</span>
Stephen Vitiello<br /><i>World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd</i>, 1999 and 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.89</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</span>
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John Sloan<br /><i>Sixth Avenue Elevated at Third Street</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.154</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Twenty Cent Movie</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.43</span>
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Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
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Gregory Crewdson<br /><i>Untitled (north by northwest)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.169</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>American Landscape</i>, 1920<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.690</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>
Joseph Stella<br /><i>Luna Park</i>, c. 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>72.147</span>
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Nan Goldin<br /><i>The Ballad of Sexual Dependency</i>, 1979–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.127</span>
Stan Brakhage<br /><i>Persian Series 13–18</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.118</span>
Edward Burtynsky<br /><i>Carrara Marble Quarries, No. 24, and No.25.</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.71a-b</span>
Burgoyne Diller<br /><i>Third Theme</i>, 1946–48<br /><span class='accession-number'>58.58</span>
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