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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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Chris Burden<br /><i>The Atomic Alphabet</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.110</span>
Andy Warhol<br /><i>Black Bean</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.13.2</span>
Bob Thompson<br /><i>Triumph of Bacchus</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.19</span>
John Marin<br /><i>Region of Brooklyn Bridge Fantasy</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.8</span>
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Deborah Butterfield<br /><i>Resting Horse</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>78.63</span>
Arshile Gorky<br /><i>Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia</i>, c. 1931–32<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.54a-b</span>
Richard Diebenkorn<br /><i>Ocean Park #125</i>, 1980<br /><span class='accession-number'>80.36</span>
Omer Fast<br /><i>Glendive Foley</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.558</span>
Lawrence Weiner<br /><i>Here There & Everywhere</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.136</span>
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Lee Krasner<br /><i>White Squares</i>, c. 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>75.1</span>
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Ilse Bing<br /><i>East River with Boat, New York</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.376</span>
Suzanne McClelland<br /><i>Raft #3</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.120</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Texaco, Jackrabbit, Arizona</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.485</span>
Susan Rothenberg<br /><i>For the Light</i>, 1978–79<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.23</span>
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Kristin Baker<br /><i>Ride to Live, Live to Ride</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.107a-c</span>
Richard Misrach<br /><i>Bomb Crater and Destroyed Convoy, Bravo 20 Bombing Range, Nevada</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.72</span>
Joan Jonas<br /><i>Vertical Roll</i>, 1972<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.189</span>
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Jacqueline Humphries <br /><i>Untitled</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.95</span>
Robert Ryman<br /><i>Boundary, Box 7</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.264a-e</span>
Mary Ellen Mark<br /><i>The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.162</span>
Alice Aycock<br /><i>Untitled (Shanty)</i>, 1978<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.71.1</span>
Cindy Sherman<br /><i>Untitled Film Still #35</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.50.4</span>
Glenn Ligon<br /><i>Rückenfigur</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.3a-i</span>
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Robert Longo<br /><i>Body of a Comic</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.59.2a-o</span>
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Robert Ryman<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.263</span>
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Louise Lawler<br /><i>Salon Hodler</i>, 1992–93<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.23</span>
John Sloan<br /><i>The Picnic Grounds</i>, 1906–07<br /><span class='accession-number'>41.34</span>
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Elsie Driggs<br /><i>Pittsburgh</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.177</span>
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William H. Johnson<br /><i>Jitterbugs VI</i>, 1941–42<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.54</span>
Paul Thek<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.14</span>
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Alex Hay<br /><i>Paper Bag</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.9</span>
Enrique Chagoya<br /><i>Thesis/Antithesis</i>, 1997<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.41.1</span>
Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><i>Calla  Lily</i>, 1988<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.103.4</span>
Andreas Feininger<br /><i>New York</i>, 1940<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.82</span>
Ida Abelman<br /><i>Wonders of our Time</i>, 1937<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.80</span>
William Wegman<br /><i>Second and Third Steps</i>, 1989<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.38.11</span>
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