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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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John Sloan<br /><i>Backyards, Greenwich Village</i>, 1914<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.153</span>
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Ben Shahn<br /><i>The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti</i>, 1931–32<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.22</span>
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Vik Muniz<br /><i>Picture of Dust  (Barry Le Va, Continuous and Related Activities; Discontinued by the Act of Dropping, 1967, Installed at the Whitney Museum in “New Sculpture 1965–75: Between Geometry and Gesture,” February 20–June 3, 1990)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.158a-b</span>
Robert Frank<br /><i>Detroit, River Rouge Plant</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.146</span>
Louise Nevelson<br /><i>Dawn’s Wedding Chapel II</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.68a-m</span>
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Steve Wolfe<br /><i>Untitled (Mumm/Jose Cuervo Cartons)</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.62a-b</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>The Old Tool & Die Building</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.135</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>Puppet</i>, 1993–94<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.26</span>
H. C. Westermann<br /><i>Antimobile</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.4a-b</span>
Lyonel Feininger<br /><i>Gelmeroda, <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">VIII</span></span></span></i>, 1921<br /><span class='accession-number'>53.38</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Twentysix Gasoline Stations Slant</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.44</span>
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>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Artist’s ledger—Book <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">III</span></span></span></i>, 1924–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.210a-hhhh</span>
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Keith Haring<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.89.2</span>
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Boundary, Box 7</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.264a-e</span>
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.262</span>
Jay DeFeo<br /><i>The Eyes</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.242.3</span>
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Jasper Johns<br /><i>Catenary (Manet-Degas)</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.281</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Tumbler on Swing</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.4</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Crow</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.15</span>
Fred Tomaselli<br /><i>Gravity’s Rainbow (Large)</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.9a-e</span>
Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Soft Toilet</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.83a-b</span>
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Stan Brakhage<br /><i>Persian Series 13–18</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.118</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Chair Transformation Number 12</i>, 1969–70<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1573</span>
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Charles Ray<br /><i>Puzzle Bottle</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.85a-b</span>
Charles Ray<br /><i>Boy</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.131a-i</span>
Richard Diebenkorn<br /><i>Ocean Park #125</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.36</span>
Paul Thek<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.14</span>
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>Untitled [Billboard Poster]</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.138</span>
Vija Celmins<br /><i>Heater</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.19</span>
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Chris Burden<br /><i>The Atomic Alphabet</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.110</span>
Garry Winogrand<br /><i>Houston, Texas</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.40.3</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Seven A.M.</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.8</span>
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Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.3</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.5</span>
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