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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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Robyn O’Neil<br /><i>The Ruin</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.108</span>
Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Spider Woman</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.76</span>
Patrick Henry Bruce<br /><i>Painting</i>, c. 1921–22<br /><span class='accession-number'>54.20</span>
Marsden Hartley<br /><i>Forms Abstracted</i>, 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.37</span>
Christopher Wool<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.2</span>
Patricia  Coffie <br /><i>Head of State I</i>, 2007 (printed 2009)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.83</span>
Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.78a-l</span>
Nari Ward<br /><i>Lorraine</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.316.7</span>
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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Philip Guston<br /><i>Cabal</i>, 1977<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.38</span>
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Louise Bourgeois<br /><i>Spiral Woman</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.60a-b</span>
Josh Smith<br /><i>Diving Fish Print II</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.103</span>
Whitfield Lovell<br /><i>Shine</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.339a-b</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Pieta</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.151</span>
Lucas Samaras<br /><i>Extra Large Drawing #8</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.44</span>
Vik Muniz<br /><i>Picture of Dust  (Barry Le Va, Continuous and Related Activities; Discontinued by the Act of Dropping, 1967, Installed at the Whitney Museum in “New Sculpture 1965–75: Between Geometry and Gesture,” February 20–June 3, 1990)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.158a-b</span>
Kristin Baker<br /><i>Ride to Live, Live to Ride</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.107a-c</span>
Nancy Spero<br /><i>Hours of the Night</i>, 1974<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.25a-k</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 Rauschenberg<br /><i>Satellite</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.85</span>
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Suzan Frecon<br /><i>Indigo and Red Ochre</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.143</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>
Hannah Wilke<br /><i>S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Curlers)</i>, 1974<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.33</span>
Fritz Glarner<br /><i>Relational Painting</i>, 1949–51<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.3</span>
Sue Coe<br /><i>Aids and the Federal Government</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.40</span>
Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Knox Less, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.479</span>
Annette Lemieux<br /><i>Left Right Left Right</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.176</span>
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Grant Wood<br /><i>Dinner for Threshers (left section)</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>33.79</span>
Kenneth Noland<br /><i>New Day</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.18</span>
Robert A. Pruitt<br /><i>Divination Ceremony <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">SLJK</span></span></span></i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.40.1</span>
Betye Saar<br /><i>Mother and Children in Blue</i>, 1998<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.46</span>
Federico Castellón<br /><i>The Dark Figure</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>42.3</span>
John Coplans<br /><i>Self-Portrait (Interlocking Fingers, No. 18)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.98</span>
Lorna Simpson<br /><i>The Car</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.171a-m</span>
Gordon Matta-Clark<br /><i>Splitting</i>, 1974<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.161</span>
Jamel Shabazz<br /><i>Untitled (Hat Guys)</i>, 1980 (printed 2001)<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.131</span>
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