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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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Robert Motherwell<br /><i>Three Figures Shot</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.31</span>
Kenneth Noland<br /><i>New Day</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.18</span>
Paul Pfeiffer<br /><i>The Pure Products Go Crazy</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.151</span>
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Franz Kline<br /><i>Mahoning</i>, 1956<br /><span class='accession-number'>57.10</span>
Willem de Kooning<br /><i>Door to the River</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>60.63</span>
David Salle<br /><i>Sextant in Dogtown</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.8a-e</span>
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George Luks<br /><i>Armistice Night</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.58</span>
Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Satellite</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.85</span>
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Richard Avedon<br /><i>Bill Curry, drifter, Interstate 40, Yukon, Oklahoma, 6/16/80</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.24</span>
Terry Winters<br /><i>Good Government</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.15</span>
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Louis Stettner<br /><i>Penn Station</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.67.3</span>
Stuart Davis<br /><i>Egg Beater No. 1</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.169</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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Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
Arthur Dove<br /><i>Ferry Boat Wreck</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.21</span>
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Hedda Sterne<br /><i>New York, N.Y., 1955</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.20</span>
Joan Mitchell<br /><i>Hemlock</i>, 1956<br /><span class='accession-number'>58.20</span>
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Kay Sage<br /><i>No Passing</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.10</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Seven A.M.</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.8</span>
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Frederick Sommer<br /><i>Horse</i>, 1945<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.5.1</span>
James Rosenquist<br /><i>Broome Street Trucks After  Herman Melville</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.20</span>
Paul Chan<br /><i>1st <del>Light</del></i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.4</span>
Jane Wilson<br /><i>Andy and Lilacs</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>74.11</span>
John Currin<br /><i>Skinny Woman</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.30</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Self-Portrait at Eleven Years Old</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.11</span>
Jay DeFeo<br /><i>The Rose</i>, 1958–66<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.170</span>
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Grace Hartigan<br /><i>Grand Street Brides</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.27</span>
Kerry James Marshall<br /><i>Souvenir IV</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.56</span>
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Barry Le Va<br /><i>Continuous and Related Activities; Discontinued by the Act of Dropping</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>90.8a-c</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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Andy Warhol<br /><i>Untitled (Cyclist)</i>, c. 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.125</span>
Man Ray<br /><i>New York</i>, 1917 and 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.174</span>
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H. C. Westermann<br /><i>Antimobile</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.4a-b</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 16</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1574</span>
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Joe Jones<br /><i>American Farm</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.144</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>
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