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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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Georgia O’Keeffe<br /><i>Summer Days</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>94.171</span>
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June Leaf<br /><i>The Head</i>, 1979<br /><span class='accession-number'>98.27</span>
Richard Serra<br /><i>Out-of-Round IX</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2000.10</span>
Roy Lichtenstein<br /><i>Little Big Painting</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.2</span>
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Charles Simonds<br /><i>Dwellings</i>, 1981<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.11a-c</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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Stephen Vitiello<br /><i>World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd</i>, 1999 and 2002<br /><span class='accession-number'>2003.89</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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Robert Rauschenberg<br /><i>Blue Eagle</i>, 1961<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.259a-d</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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Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</span>
Jacob Lawrence<br /><i>Tombstones</i>, 1942<br /><span class='accession-number'>43.14</span>
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Richard Artschwager<br /><i>Description of Table</i>, 1964<br /><span class='accession-number'>66.48</span>
William J. Glackens<br /><i>Hammerstein’s Roof Garden</i>, c. 1901<br /><span class='accession-number'>53.46</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Pieta</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>2001.151</span>
John F. Simon, Jr.<br /><i>Color Panel v1.0</i>, 1999<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.88a-c</span>
Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Ice Bag–Scale C</i>, 1971<br /><span class='accession-number'>72.4a-rr</span>
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Burgoyne Diller<br /><i>Third Theme</i>, 1946–48<br /><span class='accession-number'>58.58</span>
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Claes Oldenburg<br /><i>Soft Toilet</i>, 1966<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.83a-b</span>
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Doug Aitken<br /><i>Untitled (Shopping Cart)</i>, 2000<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.134</span>
Stanton Macdonald-Wright<br /><i>“Oriental”; Synchromy in Blue-Green</i>, 1918<br /><span class='accession-number'>52.8</span>
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Christian Jankowski<br /><i>The Holy Artwork</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.293</span>
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R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.51</span>
Adam McEwen<br /><i>Untitled (Macaulay)</i>, 2004<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.94.3</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>On the High Wire</i>, 1932<br /><span class='accession-number'>81.23.3</span>
Robert Irwin<br /><i>No Title</i>, 1966–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>68.42a-e</span>
Aurel Schmidt<br /><i>Master of the Universe/ FlexMaster 3000</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.23</span>
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Bruce Nauman<br /><i>Self Portrait as a Fountain</i>, 1966–67<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.50.9</span>
Oscar Bluemner<br /><i>Last Evening of the Year</i>, c. 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.115</span>
Alexander Calder<br /><i>Calder’s Circus</i>, 1926–31<br /><span class='accession-number'>83.36.1-95</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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Felix Gonzalez-Torres<br /><i>“Untitled” (America)</i>, 1994–95<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.74.1a-l</span>
Robert Longo<br /><i>Body of a Comic</i>, 1984<br /><span class='accession-number'>91.59.2a-o</span>
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Alvin Loving<br /><i>Rational Irrationalism</i>, 1969<br /><span class='accession-number'>69.74a-b</span>
Gary Simmons<br /><i>Step In The Arena (The Essentialist Trap)</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.83</span>
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Edward Ruscha<br /><i>Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas</i>, 1962<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.461</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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Jasper Johns<br /><i>Savarin</i>, 1982<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.233</span>
Christopher Williams<br /><i>Kodak Three Point Reflection Guide © 1968 Eastman Kodak Company, 1968 (Meiko laughing), Vancouver, B.C., April 6, 2005</i>, 2005<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.31</span>
Morris Louis<br /><i>Tet</i>, 1958<br /><span class='accession-number'>65.9</span>
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