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The director of Modern Art Oxford has died

Michael Stanley organised influential shows of artists ranging from Jenny Saville to Pawel Althamer

Michael Stanley, the influential director of Modern Art Oxford, has died. A statement from Modern Art Oxford says: “His approach was sometimes radical, often revelatory and always thought-provoking. As well as creating an exciting new gallery space, Michael initiated innovative joint ventures with other Oxford cultural institutions including the Ashmolean, the Old Power Station and the Radcliffe Observatory.”

Stanley (1975-2012), who joined Modern Art Oxford in January 2009, helped organise more than 20 shows there including a recent critically acclaimed exhibition of works by the UK artist Jenny Saville. He was the director of the Milton Keynes Gallery (2004-09) and the curator at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (2002-04) before becoming director of Oxford's gallery of modern and contemporary art.

Among the shows he organised at Milton Keynes were exhibitions of the work of Phil Collins and Cathy Wilkes, which helped both artists make the shortlist for the Turner Prize. Stanley studied art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.

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