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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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Charles Ray<br /><i>Pumpkin Poster</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.7</span>
Joseph Cornell<br /><i>Celestial Navigation</i>, c. 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.24a-k</span>
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Bernarda Bryson Shahn<br /><i>A Mule and A Plow</i>, 1935-1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.97.1</span>
Ellsworth Kelly<br /><i>La Combe I</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.249</span>
David Smith<br /><i>Hudson River Landscape</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.14</span>
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Deborah Butterfield<br /><i>Resting Horse</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.63</span>
Federico Castellón<br /><i>The Dark Figure</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.3</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Pink Days and Blue Days</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.101a-s</span>
Chris Burden<br /><i>Documentation of Selected Works 1971–75</i>, 1971–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.129</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Railroad Sunset</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1170</span>
Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Baltimore Departure</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.14</span>
Martha Rosler<br /><i>The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems</i>, 1974–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.4a-x</span>
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Andy Warhol<br /><i>Nine Jackies</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.273</span>
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Joseph Stella<br /><i>The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme</i>, 1939<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.15</span>
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Sarah Sze<br /><i>Notepad</i>, 2008<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.299</span>
Robert Arneson<br /><i>Whistling in the Dark</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.37a-b</span>
Patrick Henry Bruce<br /><i>Painting</i>, c. 1921–22<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.20</span>
Louis Stettner<br /><i>Penn Station</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.67.3</span>
Nancy Graves<br /><i>Cantileve</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.39</span>
Kenneth Noland<br /><i>New Day</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.18</span>
Liz Larner<br /><i>Two or Three or Something</i>, 1998–99<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.31</span>
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Matt Saunders<br /><i>Hanna and Mirror</i>, 2003<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.28</span>
John Baldessari<br /><i>I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.121</span>
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Grant Wood<br /><i>Study for Breaking the Prairie</i>, 1935–39<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.33.2a-c</span>
Ida Abelman<br /><i>Wonders of our Time</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.80</span>
Bruce Nauman<br /><i>No-State</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.20</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.50</span>
Jackson Pollock<br /><i>Untitled</i>, c. 1939–42<br /><span class='accession-number'>85.18</span>
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Weegee (Arthur Fellig)<br /><i>Untitled (Simply Add Boiling Water)</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.90.10</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Quarantania</i>, 1941<br /><span class='accession-number'>77.80</span>
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Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
John Baldessari<br /><i>Ashputtle</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.8a-m</span>
Eric Fischl<br /><i>A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.17a-b</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Wall Drawing #289: A six-inch (15cm) grid covering each of the four black walls. White lines to points on the grid. 1st wall: 24 lines from the center; 2nd wall: 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides; 3rd wall: 12 lines from each corner; 4th wall: 24 lines from the center, 12 lines from the midpoint of each of the sides, 12 lines from each corner.</i>, 1976<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.1.1-4</span>
Kay Sage<br /><i>No Passing</i>, 1954<br /><span class='accession-number'>55.10</span>
Jackson Pollock<br /><i>Number 18, 1951</i>, 1951<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.258</span>
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