This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley, Curator of Ikon before becoming Director of Milton Keynes Gallery and Modern Art Oxford.
Structured loosely on Rex Warner’s 1941 wartime novel The Aerodrome, a book that made a great impression on Stanley, this exhibition includes many of the artists he worked with, all of whom held him in great affection and regarded him as one of their own.
Jenny Saville, whose first solo show in a British public gallery took place at Modern Art Oxford in the year of his death, describes Stanley as someone who 'wasn’t scared of history or of being radical. He was as likely to be enthusing about working with a sculptor in his 90s, (as) raising funds to facilitate a young filmmakers’ vision.'
Featured artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Marcus Coates, Shezad Dawood, George Shaw, Paul Nash and Linder Sterling among many others.