Image credit: Cityscape?, Julian Opie, 1998-9


This exhibition gathers together works from the Tate Collection by sixteen modern and contemporary artists whose practice involves observing or meeting strangers.


Ian Breakwell and Sophie Calle attempt to discover the reality of the lives of strangers they encounter in everyday life, and Gillian Wearing collaborates with anonymous members of the public to make works which may – or may not – reveal their inner selves. Willie Doherty’s work documents lives turned upside down by the artists, from Burra and Lowry to Julian Opie concentrate on the city as the setting where strangers are either thrust together, or remain isolated in a crowd.


Other artists include Patrick Caulfield, Barbara Hepworth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth and Walter Sickert