Ilse Schreiber-Noll

Schwarze Stille/ Black Silence, Book III, 2012
Papier-mâché and rose pedals with excerpts from Paul Celan’s poem Todesfuge/Deathfuge, unique. $850
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Nacht / Night, 2006
Unique Artist Book, Mixed media on paper. $885
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“Promissory Note,“ A Collaboration, With a poem by Galway Kinnell, 2007
Woodcuts on pastel and pen drawings. Conceived, printed and bound by the artist on Mulberry and Rives Paper. The poem was reproduced from a handwritten manuscript, by Galway Kinnell and printed on letterpress. Four-page color fold-out, cover with woodcut across the wrappers, enclosed in a gray cloth covered folder, 13.25 x 9.75 inches, number 12 from an edition of 16. $950


My woodcuts, paintings and books express my deeply felt concerns for the intractable problems of the world. They depict current political, social and environmental issues with strong focus on the chaos caused by war.

I believe that it is my responsibility to face the difficulties of contemporary society and to use my art as a diary, which bears witness to the mistakes of humanity.

I frequently integrate poetry and lyricism into the surfaces of my work and often use concrete artistic objects attempting to communicate a strongly experienced inner reality.


Ilse Schreiber-Noll, born in Germany, studied at the University of Marburg, Germany, then came to the United States and studied at Purchase College, SUNY, NY from which she received her Masters in Fine Art in 1989.

Her art deals with the concerns of society and the fight for peace and social justice with emphasis on the tragedy of war. These issues are addressed in her woodcuts, paintings and painted books.

She participated in several major political movements among them “Artist’s Call”, “Art Against Apartheid” and “Artist’s Against the Death Penalty” and in the efforts to close Indian Point, a nuclear plant in NY.

Most recently her work could be seen in Marc di Suvero’s Peace Tower at the Whitney Biennial 2006, New York, NY and in solo and group exhibitions in Berlin 2005 – 2009, in Bochum, Germany 2007, and in The Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon New York in 2007. In 2009 she was awarded a Grant by The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ.

Next to her political work she is known for her collaborations with contemporary poets with whom she produced Limited Edition Artist Books. She did extensive graphic work for the theatre, mostly for plays of German playwrights such as Bertolt Brecht and Frank Wedekind in collaboration with playwright, director and translator Eric Bentley. Among the poets and musicians she has collaborated with are: Joseph Brodsky, Galway Kinnell, Octavio Paz, Dennis Brutus and John Cage.

She presently lives and works in Westchester, New York and in Berlin, Germany.

Ilse Schreiber-Noll website