ARTmonday: 10 Variations On White

This past week I’ve been working intensely on an urban development / real estate piece for the Boston Globe, interviewing a number of Boston’s top real estate developers and architects. The other day I had the pleasure of talking with Sam Norod, a principal at Elkus Manfredi. Wrapping up business chatter, we connected on other things, including art. Norod’s daughter, Hilary Tait Norod, is an artist in her late 20s who recently moved back to the East Coast. Of course I clicked over to her website to have a look.

I was drawn to her white abstract paintings. The White Series began as a challenge—with the exception of the black outlines, all the colors on the canvas have been mixed with different ratios of white paint. The shapes in the compositions develop from through layering the paint and other materials on the canvas.

Norod explains her series of white abstract paintings with this statement: White is the color produced by the reflection, transmission or emission of all wavelengths of visible light without absorption. When light reflects off of a white surface the full spectrum of color is displayed, even when we may not see it. However, in the production of white paint there is no use of color.

Here is a roundup of mostly abstract artworks, all in variations of white, and all by artists represented by Boston art galleries.


Hilary Taite Norod, The Black Swoosh
Galatea Fine Art


Bill Fisher, Red Dots
Courtesy of Arden Gallery


Julia Weiman, Reverse II
Courtesy of Bromfield Gallery


Wilfredo Chiesa, White 1 (La Serenissima)
Courtesy of Alpha Gallery


Janice Redman, Immobility Series (Spoon)
Courtesy of Clark Gallery


Christina Pitsch, Flora of Fauna
Courtesy of Kingston Gallery


Suzanne Ulrich, No. 1459
Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery


Danette English, Vase Series #19
Courtesy of Andrea Marquit Gallery


Magda Biernat, Adrift #22
Courtesy of Robert Klein Gallery


Bernard Haussmann,#2249 untitled (Darwin’s Coral)
Courtesy of Chase Young Gallery

Author: StyleCarrot

Marni Elyse Katz is a design writer and editor who lives in Boston and Cape Cod with her husband, two sons, and a cat. She blogs about design at

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