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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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Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</span>
Kay Sage<br /><i>No Passing</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.10</span>
Weegee (Arthur Fellig)<br /><i>This man covered up with newspapers was killed in an auto accident. The driver of the car was arrested, but he put up such a terrific battle. . . cops had to put handcuffs on him.</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.90.17</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>Puppet</i>, 1993–94<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.26</span>
Katy Grannan<br /><i>Jada, Sugar Camp Road, Saxton, Pennsylvania</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.397</span>
George Tooker<br /><i>The Subway</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.23</span>
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Weegee (Arthur Fellig)<br /><i>The Critic</i>, 1943<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.90.2</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Five Towers</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.7a-h</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>All Souls</i>, 1985–87<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.20</span>
Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><i>Calla  Lily</i>, 1988<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.103.4</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>
Frank Stella<br /><i>Gran Cairo</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>63.34</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Untitled (Two Guys Looking at Sunglasses)</i>, 1981 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.133</span>
Pat Steir<br /><i>Milky Way</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.22</span>
Robert Indiana<br /><i>The X-5</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.9a-e</span>
Matt Mullican<br /><i>Beautifully</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.70</span>
Bob Thompson<br /><i>Triumph of Bacchus</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.19</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Juggler with Dog</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.2</span>
Frank Stella<br /><i>Die Fahne hoch!</i>, 1959<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.22</span>
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Robert Frank<br /><i>Detroit, River Rouge Plant</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.146</span>
Ellen Gallagher<br /><i>Watery Ecstatic</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.73</span>
Robert Longo<br /><i>Body of a Comic</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.59.2a-o</span>
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Alex Katz<br /><i>The Red Smile</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.3</span>
Elizabeth Catlett<br /><i>I am the Black woman</i>, 1947 (printed 1989)<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.189</span>
Enrique Chagoya<br /><i>Thesis/Antithesis</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.41.1</span>
Max Weber<br /><i>Chinese Restaurant</i>, 1915<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.382</span>
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Collier Schorr<br /><i>Herbert: Weekend Leave (A Conscript Rated T1), Kirschbaum</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.105</span>
Toba Khedoori<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.125.1a-c</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Inside/Outside Permutations</i>, 1973<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.27a-d</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Self Portrait</i>, 1925–30<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1165</span>
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Amy Cutler<br /><i>Pine Fresh Scent</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.99</span>
Elie Nadelman<br /><i>Tango</i>, 1920–24<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.1a-c</span>
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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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Lorna Simpson<br /><i>Counting</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.94</span>
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Charles LeDray<br /><i>Untitled/Clothesline</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.141</span>
Ida Applebroog<br /><i>Emetic Fields</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.100a-h</span>
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