'Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote Robert Frost. Not in Philadelphia, my good man. This city loves blank walls, for if you have a wall with an open space in front of it, you can cover it with a painted mural that will delight some people and annoy others.
"On Paper" continues at Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, through March 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $10 general and $7 for visitors 55 and older. Students with identification and children free. Information: 215-247-0476, www.woodmereartmuseum.org.
"Wild Flowers: Paintings and Drawings by Peter Paone" continues at Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, through Jan. 19. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays; 10 to 8:45 Fridays; and 10 to 6 Saturdays. Admission: $10 general, $7 for seniors. 215-247-0476 or www.woodmereartmuseum.org.
Barbara Chase-Riboud has succeeded as a poet, novelist, and sculptor. I knew this before I saw her current exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, yet the imaginative power and material eloquence of this show of sculpture and drawings took me by surprise.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays (to 8 p.m. Sept. 1), and to 10 p.m. Fridays. Closed Tuesdays. $22, general; $20, 65 and older; $10, students with valid ID and ages 6 to 18. 217-278-7000 or www.barnesfoundation.org.
Besides contemporary art, his particular interests are photography, American art of the 19th Century and crafted art of all periods and cultures. Before becoming a critic, he taught college-level writing and worked as a graphic designer.