09/26/2012 09:43 am ET

Michael Stanley Dies: Modern Art Oxford Director, Turner Prize Judge Dead At 37

The art world lost one if its rising stars with the recent death of Modern Art Oxford director Michael Stanley.

Stanley, who was married with three children, was found dead in a garden last Friday. According to the Guardian there was no evidence of foul play when police investigated.

The 2012 Turner prize judge was known for his brave, imaginative exhibitions and dedication to emerging artists. Standout shows included his exhibitions of Susan Philipsz and Jenny Saville. On Modern Art Oxford's website, David Isaac, Chair of Modern Art Oxford, said in a statement: "We have lost a great talent; our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.” Tate director Nicholas Serota commented: "His early death is a great loss to Oxford, to the audiences he served and to the whole art world."

Modern Art Oxford has opened a Michael Stanley Book of Condolences on their website, where friends and fans can write about the impact the director had on their work or share stories about him.

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