As an academic art historian, I usually aim for tightly reasoned arguments, but on this occasion I’ll follow trains of thought where they lead me. Both before and after I retired, my feet, and various forms of transport, took me to art galleries in many countries. Last year I visited about fifty in eight countries, this year slightly less elsewhere. If this is a boast then I will suffer for it by the end.

My first train of thought is about travel and the second is about home. The final section puts ‘home and away’ together in a bid to explore the implications of anti-democratic popularist movements for art criticism.

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