John D. McLaughlin, #22, 1961, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips, 1980 (4570.23P) Photograph by Blair Clark ©Stanley Gregg Cook
Tom Wudl, Untitled, 1972, polymer medium and paint on perforated newspaper, 96 x 95 5/8 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips, 1980 (4576.23P) Photograph by Blair Clark © Tom Wudl
Over a period of 35 years, Joann and Gifford Phillips gifted a series of paintings to the Museum of Art. These artworks represent two distinct locations with works created during eras of significant growth and change within their respective contemporary art scenes -- California from the 1950 -1980s and New Mexico from the 1980s. The Phillips’ generous gift included works by California artists Richard Diebenkorn, John McLaughlin, Edward Moses, Lee Mullican and Joe Goode as well as works by New Mexico based artists Emmi Whitehorse, Richard Hogan Eugene Newmann and Allan Graham.