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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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Jeff Koons<br /><i>Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)</i>, 2006<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.80.1.2</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Railroad Sunset</i>, 1929<br /><span class='accession-number'>70.1170</span>
Frederick Sommer<br /><i>Horse</i>, 1945<br /><span class='accession-number'>99.5.1</span>
Edward Hopper<br /><i>Seven A.M.</i>, 1948<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.8</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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Elise (Elise Cavanna Seeds Armitage Welton)<br /><i>Quasi Gyroscope</i>, c. 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.68.95</span>
James L. Wells<br /><i>Looking Upward</i>, 1928<br /><span class='accession-number'>2008.168</span>
Gerald Murphy<br /><i>Cocktail</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.188</span>
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Ralston Crawford<br /><i>Steel Foundry, Coatesville, Pa.</i>, 1936–37<br /><span class='accession-number'>37.10</span>
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Arshile Gorky<br /><i>The Artist and His Mother</i>, c. 1926–36<br /><span class='accession-number'>50.17</span>
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Kiki Smith<br /><i>Witness</i>, 1994<br /><span class='accession-number'>2006.120a-d</span>
Agnes Martin<br /><i>Milk River</i>, 1963<br /><span class='accession-number'>64.10</span>
Elsie Driggs<br /><i>Pittsburgh</i>, 1927<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.177</span>
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Robert Morris<br /><i>Untitled (L-beams)</i>, 1965<br /><span class='accession-number'>76.29a-c</span>
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Bruce Nauman<br /><i>Green Horses</i>, 1988<br /><span class='accession-number'>2007.130</span>
Everett Shinn<br /><i>Revue</i>, 1908<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.346</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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Jack Pierson<br /><i>Desire, Despair</i>, 1996<br /><span class='accession-number'>97.102.2a-l</span>
Sol LeWitt<br /><i>Five Towers</i>, 1986<br /><span class='accession-number'>88.7a-h</span>
Jean-Michel Basquiat<br /><i>Hollywood Africans</i>, 1983<br /><span class='accession-number'>84.23</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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Zarina Hashmi<br /><i>Cage</i>, 1970<br /><span class='accession-number'>2011.9</span>
Charles Ray<br /><i>Boy</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.131a-i</span>
R. H. Quaytman<br /><i>Distracting Distance, Chapter 16</i>, 2010<br /><span class='accession-number'>2010.55</span>
Mike Kelley<br /><i>Educational Complex</i>, 1995<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.50</span>
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Philip Pearlstein<br /><i>Portrait of Andy, Warhola</i>, 1950<br /><span class='accession-number'>74.115</span>
Raphael Soyer<br /><i>Bowery Nocturne</i>, 1933<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.68.253</span>
Agnes Pelton<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1931<br /><span class='accession-number'>96.175</span>
James Turrell<br /><i>Site Plan, Roden Crater II</i>, 1990<br /><span class='accession-number'>95.156</span>
Arturo Herrera<br /><i>Before We Leave</i>, 2001<br /><span class='accession-number'>2002.144a-c</span>
Susan Rothenberg<br /><i>For the Light</i>, 1978–79<br /><span class='accession-number'>79.23</span>
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Paul Cadmus<br /><i>To the Lynching!</i>, 1935<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.32</span>
David Hammons<br /><i>Untitled</i>, 1992<br /><span class='accession-number'>92.128a-u</span>
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Alison Saar<br /><i>Skin/Deep</i>, 1993<br /><span class='accession-number'>93.34a-b</span>
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Emily Jacir<br /><i>Munir</i>, 2001–3<br /><span class='accession-number'>2004.604a-b</span>
Raphael Soyer<br /><i>Office Girls</i>, 1936<br /><span class='accession-number'>36.149</span>
Guy  Pène du Bois<br /><i>Opera Box</i>, 1926<br /><span class='accession-number'>31.184</span>
Charles Sheeler<br /><i>Bucks County Barn</i>, 1915<br /><span class='accession-number'>71.162</span>
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