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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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Bruce Conner<br /><i><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">EVE</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">RAY</span></span></span>-<span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">FOREVER</span></span></span></i>, 1965 and 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.41</span>
Corita Kent<br /><i>Who Came Out Of The Water</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.43</span>
Jane Hammond<br /><i>Fallen</i>, 2004–ongoing<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.6</span>
Sara VanDerBeek<br /><i>Walpurgisnacht</i>, 2007<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.138</span>
Chris Burden<br /><i>Documentation of Selected Works 1971–75</i>, 1971–75<br /><span class='accession-number'>2009.129</span>
Andreas Feininger<br /><i>New York</i>, 1940<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.82</span>
Robert Mangold<br /><i>Three Red X Within X</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.4a-c</span>
James Van Der Zee<br /><i>Marcus Garvey Rally</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.416</span>
Reginald Marsh<br /><i>Negroes on Rockaway Beach</i>, 1934<br /><span class='accession-number'>61.2</span>
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John Sloan<br /><i>Before Her Makers and Her Judge, Illustration for “The Masses”, August 1913</i>, 1913<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.38</span>
Jim Nutt<br /><i>She’s Hit</i>, 1967<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.101</span>
Romare Bearden<br /><i>Eastern Barn</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.14</span>
Alex Hay<br /><i>Paper Bag</i>, 1968<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.9</span>
Ad Reinhardt<br /><i>Museum Landscape</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.141</span>
E.V. Day<br /><i>Bombshell</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.318</span>
Kristin Baker<br /><i>Ride to Live, Live to Ride</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2005.107a-c</span>
Agnes Denes<br /><i>Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space—Map Projections: The Snail</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.167</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Shipping Out</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.7</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>War Series: Victory</i>, 1947<br /><span class='accession-number'>51.19</span>
Nan Goldin<br /><i>The Ballad of Sexual Dependency</i>, 1979–96<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.127</span>
George Bellows<br /><i>Dempsey and Firpo</i>, 1924<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.95</span>
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Paul Cadmus<br /><i>Sailors and Floosies</i>, 1938<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.42a-b</span>
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Hedda Sterne<br /><i>New York, N.Y., 1955</i>, 1955<br /><span class='accession-number'>56.20</span>
Matt Saunders<br /><i>Hertha Thiele Profile #4</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.83</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin</i>, 1987<br /><span class='accession-number'>89.13a-e</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.13a-d</span>
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David Rathman<br /><i>It Seldom Matters, the Words You say</i>, 2009<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.4</span>
Adolph Gottlieb<br /><i>Vigil</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>49.2</span>
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Andy Warhol<br /><i>Electric Chair</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>73.92.1</span>
June Leaf<br /><i>The Head</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.27</span>
John Coplans<br /><i>Self-Portrait (Interlocking Fingers, No. 18)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.98</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
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Robert Gober<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1991<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.6</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.56</span>
Paul Chan<br /><i>1st <del>Light</del></i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.4</span>
Richard Serra<br /><i>Out-of-Round IX</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.10</span>
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