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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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Julie Moos<br /><i>Friends and Enemies: Drew and Monica</i>, 1999–2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.162</span>
John F. Simon, Jr.<br /><i>Color Panel v1.0</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.88a-c</span>
Pat Steir<br /><i>September Evening Waterfall</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.322</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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Christo<br /><i>The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.419a-b</span>
Berenice Abbott<br /><i>Untitled (Foyer of the Whitney Museum of American Art on 8th Street, <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">NYC</span></span></span>)</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.4</span>
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.262</span>
Elie Nadelman<br /><i>Tango</i>, 1920–24<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.1a-c</span>
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Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>72.2</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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Luis Gispert<br /><i>Untitled (Three Asian Cheerleaders)</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.141</span>
Lee Krasner<br /><i>White Squares</i>, c. 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.1</span>
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John Marin<br /><i>Region of Brooklyn Bridge Fantasy</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.8</span>
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Alex Prager<br /><i>Helen</i>, 2008 (printed 2010)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.107</span>
Blanche Lazzell<br /><i>Untitled (Abstraction)</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.41</span>
Los Carpinteros<br /><i>Transportable City</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.182</span>
Thomas Hart Benton<br /><i>Poker Night (from “A Streetcar Named Desire”)</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.49.2</span>
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Edward Hopper<br /><i>Railroad Sunset</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1170</span>
Brice Marden<br /><i>Summer Table</i>, 1972–73<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.30</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Man Ray Under Sheet</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.7a-c</span>
E.V. Day<br /><i>Bombshell</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.318</span>
Lorna Simpson<br /><i>Counting</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.94</span>
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Vik Muniz<br /><i>Picture of Dust (Tony Smith, Die, 1962, installed at the Whitney Museum in “From the Collection: Photography, Sculpture, and Painting,” July 14, 1994–February 26, 1995)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.56</span>
Vito Acconci<br /><i>Hands Down/Side by Side</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.12</span>
Emily Jacir<br /><i>Munir</i>, 2001–3<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.604a-b</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.41</span>
John Singer Sargent<br /><i>Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney</i>, c. 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.22</span>
Tom Wesselmann<br /><i>Still Life Number 36</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.151</span>
Glenn O. Coleman<br /><i>The Arch</i>, c. 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.153</span>
Amy Granat and Drew Heitzler<br /><i>T.S.O.Y.W.</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.18</span>
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Michael Heizer<br /><i>Actual Size: Munich Rotary</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.137</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Night Shadows</i>, 1921<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1048</span>
Diana Thater<br /><i>Six-Color Video Wall</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.193</span>
Fred Wilson<br /><i>Guarded View</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.84a-d</span>
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Huma Bhabha<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.31</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>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: The Letter</i>, 1946<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.11</span>
Robert Mangold<br /><i>Curled Figure Study <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">XIX</span></span></span></i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.191</span>
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