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21 Sep 2012

Death of Michael Stanley, curator and museum director

Michael Stanley (1975-2012), Director of Modern Art Oxford

“Starting as Curator of Art at Compton Verney, Stanley became director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. As director of Milton Keynes Gallery he was responsible for two Turner Prize-nominated shows, by Phil Collins (2005) and Cathy Wilkes (2008), as well as for exhibitions by Marcel Broodthaers, Roger Hions, Gilberto Zorio and James Lee Bryars. At Oxford he presided over the creation of a new gallery space and opened up MAO’s cafe to the street, as well as initiating joint ventures with other cultural institutions, such as the Ashmolean and the Old Power Station.” (obituary by Paul Levy, The Independent, 3 October 2012)