1. Fun fact: Richard Artschwager made the toothpick for Claes Oldenburg's Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963).
Photo via restaurantgroupie.

    Fun fact: Richard Artschwager made the toothpick for Claes Oldenburg's Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963).

    Photo via restaurantgroupie.

  2. Planning to attend Jeff Koons: A Retrospective? Listen to the audio guide, featuring commentary by Jeff Koons and curator Scott Rothkopf, among others.
Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

    Planning to attend Jeff Koons: A Retrospective? Listen to the audio guide, featuring commentary by Jeff Koons and curator Scott Rothkopf, among others.

    Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

  3. Today, the two artists with whom the Whitney has been most closely identified were born: Edward Hopper in 1882 and Alexander Calder in 1898. You can see their work on the fifth-floor mezzanine. 

    Today, the two artists with whom the Whitney has been most closely identified were born: Edward Hopper in 1882 and Alexander Calder in 1898. You can see their work on the fifth-floor mezzanine

  4. The fifth-floor galleries reopen today with three new exhibitions. Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts includes iconic works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and many others. The fifth-floor mezzanine galleries will sample the Whitney’s holdings of work by Edward Hopper, whose work will be shown alongside examples of contemporary photography, and Alexander Calder.
Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Second Story Sunlight, 1960. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art. © Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

    The fifth-floor galleries reopen today with three new exhibitions. Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts includes iconic works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and many others. The fifth-floor mezzanine galleries will sample the Whitney’s holdings of work by Edward Hopper, whose work will be shown alongside examples of contemporary photography, and Alexander Calder.

    Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Second Story Sunlight, 1960. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art. © Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

  5. Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward.

    — Charles Sheeler, born today in 1883.

  6. The installation for Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts is well underway! Here’s Andy Warhol’s Ethel Scull 36 Times at the final stage of installation. Each photograph is a discreet panel and the panels of each row are fixed together. The rows are installed from the bottom up.

    The installation for Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts is well underway! Here’s Andy Warhol’s Ethel Scull 36 Times at the final stage of installation. Each photograph is a discreet panel and the panels of each row are fixed together. The rows are installed from the bottom up.

  7. Examining the breadth and depth of thirty-five years of work by Jeff Koons, one of the most influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century, the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibition catalogue features all of the artist’s most well-known pieces. 
Read the introductory essay by curator Scott Rothkopf on whitney.org.

    Examining the breadth and depth of thirty-five years of work by Jeff Koons, one of the most influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century, the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibition catalogue features all of the artist’s most well-known pieces. 

    Read the introductory essay by curator Scott Rothkopf on whitney.org.

  8. Happy Fourth of July! Three Flags will hit billboards nationwide this August as part of Art Everywhere US. The real thing will also be on view at the Whitney later this month.
Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Three Flags, 1958. Encaustic on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of the Gilman Foundation Inc., The Lauder Foundation, A. Alfred Taubman, Laura-Lee Whittier Woods, and purchase. Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Happy Fourth of July! Three Flags will hit billboards nationwide this August as part of Art Everywhere US. The real thing will also be on view at the Whitney later this month.

    Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Three Flags, 1958. Encaustic on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of the Gilman Foundation Inc., The Lauder Foundation, A. Alfred Taubman, Laura-Lee Whittier Woods, and purchase. Art © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

  9. FINAL WEEKEND! American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe closes Sunday. 

    FINAL WEEKEND! American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe closes Sunday. 

  10. "My work isn’t about form. It’s about seeing. I’m excited about seeing things and I’m interested in the way I think other people saw things." —Roy Lichtenstein
See his work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe through Sunday.

    "My work isn’t about form. It’s about seeing. I’m excited about seeing things and I’m interested in the way I think other people saw things." —Roy Lichtenstein

    See his work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe through Sunday.

  11. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening June 27, is featured in The New Yorker's summer preview.
Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Split-Rocker (Orange/Red), 1999. Polychromed aluminum; 13 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 13 in. (34.3 × 36.8 × 33 cm). B. Z. and Michael Schwartz. © Jeff Koons

    Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening June 27, is featured in The New Yorker's summer preview.

    Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Split-Rocker (Orange/Red), 1999. Polychromed aluminum; 13 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 13 in. (34.3 × 36.8 × 33 cm). B. Z. and Michael Schwartz. © Jeff Koons

  12. If you’re a painter, you’re not alone. There’s no way to be alone.

    — Franz Kline, born today in 1910.

  13. "It’s so grand, and it’s so gold, but it’s an impoverished set of materials. It’s papier mâché. It’s a cheap digital print from Staples, five dollars. It’s trying to get away with grandiosity, but it can’t quite get there." —Carol Jackson. See her work on the second floor of the Biennial. 
Carol Jackson (b. 1962), Youthful Beast, 2013. Acrylic, papier-mâché, and inkjet print. Collection of the artist

    "It’s so grand, and it’s so gold, but it’s an impoverished set of materials. It’s papier mâché. It’s a cheap digital print from Staples, five dollars. It’s trying to get away with grandiosity, but it can’t quite get there." —Carol Jackson. See her work on the second floor of the Biennial

    Carol Jackson (b. 1962), Youthful Beast, 2013. Acrylic, papier-mâché, and inkjet print. Collection of the artist

  14. #AmericanArtIs happening now. Visit the 2014 Biennial before it closes May 25 and have your say.

  15. Celebrate American art! Cast your vote for the chance to see your favorite American artwork on up to 50,000 advertising displays nationwide. Polls are open through May 7, and the works chosen will be announced in June. Vote now for Art Everywhere US.