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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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Alfred Stieglitz<br /><i>The City of Ambition</i>, 1910 (printed 1911)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.49</span>
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Roy Lichtenstein<br /><i>Girl in Window (Study for World’s Fair Mural)</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.254</span>
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Grace Hartigan<br /><i>Grand Street Brides</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.27</span>
Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>Hollywood Africans</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.23</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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Dana Schutz<br /><i>Self-Eater</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.35</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</span>
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Arthur Tress<br /><i>Boy in Burnt Out Furniture Store, Newark, N.J.</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.45.4</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
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Ryan Trecartin<br /><i>A Family Finds Entertainment</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.110</span>
Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>No. 8—Special (Drawing No. 8)</i>, 1916<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.52</span>
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Alexander Calder<br /><i>Big Red</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.46</span>
Fred Tomaselli<br /><i>Gravity’s Rainbow (Large)</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.9a-e</span>
Bob Thompson<br /><i>Triumph of Bacchus</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.19</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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Wayne Thiebaud<br /><i>Pie Counter</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.11</span>
Paul Strand<br /><i>Wall Street, New York</i>, 1915 (printed posthumously)<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.102.2</span>
Diana Thater<br /><i>Six-Color Video Wall</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.193</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Music, Pink and Blue No. 2</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.90</span>
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Robyn O’Neil<br /><i>The Ruin</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.108</span>
Barbara Kruger<br /><i>Untitled (Thinking of You)</i>, 1999–2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.217</span>
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Jim Nutt<br /><i>She’s Hit</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.101</span>
George Grosz<br /><i>Peace, II</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>47.2</span>
Eve Sussman<br /><i>89 Seconds at Alcazar</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.86</span>
Carol Summers<br /><i>Kill for Peace</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.50.14</span>
Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Flower Abstraction</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.47</span>
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Ryan McGinley<br /><i>Elevator</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.311</span>
Nan Goldin<br /><i>The Ballad of Sexual Dependency</i>, 1979–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.127</span>
Sue Coe<br /><i>Aids and the Federal Government</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.40</span>
Catherine Sullivan<br /><i>Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.50</span>
Do-Ho Suh<br /><i>Some/One</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.344</span>
Elad Lassry<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.76</span>
Hiroshi Sugimoto<br /><i>Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.48</span>
Mary Ellen Mark<br /><i>The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.162</span>
James Van Der Zee<br /><i>Marcus Garvey Rally</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.416</span>
Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Unveiling</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.267</span>
Kara Walker<br /><i>Mistress Demanded Swift and Dramatic Empathetic Reaction Which We Obliged Her</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.228</span>
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