UNITED STATES / New York / The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965
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until Tuesday May 31 2022

Whitney Museum of American Art
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The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965

This exhibition of more than 120 works, drawn entirely from Whitney’s collection, is inspired by the founding history of the Museum. The Whitney was established in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor, and patron, to champion the work of living American artists. Mrs. Whitney recognized both the importance of contemporary American art and the need to support the artists who made it. The collection she assembled foregrounded how artists uniquely reveal the complexity and beauty of American life.

The exhibition begins with a gallery devoted to selections from the Museum’s founding collection, followed by galleries that weave their way through major art historical movements and genres. Key achievements by individual figures, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Jacob Lawrence, are interspersed throughout the show. Icons of the collection such as Calder’s Circus and the work of Edward Hopper have featured as well as more recent acquisitions—in particular, Norman Lewis’s American Totem (1960), a painting made at the height of the civil rights movement by an under-appreciated protagonist in the story of Abstract Expressionism. Such additions demonstrate that Whitney’s collection is a dynamic cultural resource that allows us to continually reframe the history of American life and artistic production.

The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965 is sponsored by MAX MARA
Major support is provided by the Barbara Haskell American Fellows Legacy Fund.
Generous support is provided by the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.

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