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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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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>
Roni Horn<br /><i>Ellipsis (II)</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.13a-lll</span>
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Nam June Paik<br /><i>V-yramid</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>82.11</span>
Agnes Martin<br /><i>Milk River</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.10</span>
Zarina Hashmi<br /><i>Cage</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.9</span>
Steven Parrino<br /><i>Process Cult</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.70</span>
Catherine Sullivan<br /><i>Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.50</span>
Pat Steir<br /><i>July Waterfall</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>P.92.3</span>
Ilse Bing<br /><i>East River with Boat, New York</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.376</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Untitled (Hat Guys)</i>, 1980 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.131</span>
Amy Cutler<br /><i>Pine Fresh Scent</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.99</span>
Bruce Nauman<br /><i>No-State</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.20</span>
Dawoud Bey<br /><i>Hillary and Taro</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.18a-b</span>
Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><i>Ken Moody and Robert Sherman</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.103.3</span>
Allan McCollum<br /><i>Collection of Two Hundred and Eighty-eight Plaster Surrogates</i>, 1982/1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.190a-bbbbbbbbbbbb</span>
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Robert Adams<br /><i>Motel</i>, 1969 (printed c. 1970)<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.12</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space—Map Projections: The Doughnut</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.168</span>
Elizabeth Peyton<br /><i>Live to Ride (E.P.)</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.41</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Yes</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.6</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>Sixth Avenue Elevated at Third Street</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.154</span>
Louis Lozowick<br /><i>Corner of Steel Plant</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.68.202</span>
John Storrs<br /><i>Forms in Space #1</i>, c. 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.37a-b</span>
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Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Spiral Woman</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.60a-b</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Crow</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.15</span>
Tim Hawkinson<br /><i>Das Tannenboot</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.49</span>
Josef Albers<br /><i>Homage to the Square: “Ascending”</i>, 1953<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.34</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.5</span>
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.263</span>
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Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Baltimore Departure</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.14</span>
Shirin Neshat<br /><i>Rapture</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.86</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Negroes on Rockaway Beach</i>, 1934<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.2</span>
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Huma Bhabha<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.31</span>
Cory Arcangel<br /><i>Super Mario Clouds</i>, 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.10</span>
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Robert Motherwell<br /><i>Three Figures Shot</i>, 1944<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.31</span>
Oscar Bluemner<br /><i>Last Evening of the Year</i>, c. 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.115</span>
Bruce Conner<br /><i>Portrait of Allen Ginsberg</i>, 1960<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.48</span>
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