Gerry Schum

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Gerry Schum (1938, Cologne - 1973, Düsseldorf) was educated in television and film production at the Deutches Institut für Film und Fernsehen (DIFF) in Munich, and at Fernsehakademie from 1961-1968. He began work as a cameraman and filmmaker for television broadcast stations in Berlin around 1966, completing a series of documentary collaborations for television broadcast: Schaustücke—Ereignisse (Showpieces—Events, 1967); 6. Kunst-Biennale San Marino (1967); and Konsumkunst-Kunstkosum (Consumption-Art, Art-Consumption, 1968). Together with Ursula Wevers, he initiated Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum, 1968-1970 and Videogalerie Schum, 1971-1973. Over the course of five years, Schum worked as producer and cameraman to broadcast and distribute artist films and videos by John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Jan Dibbets, Gilbert & George, Michael Heizer, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Ulrich Rückriem, Richard Serra, Keith Sonnier, Ger van Elk, Lawrence Weiner, among others. In 1972 Schum was commissioned to present video art sections at Documenta 5 and the Venice Biennale. Before his death in 1973 Schum accepted the position of curator for the first video art studio at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany. (Source)



  • Land Art Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum Television Gallery, eds. Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum and Ursula Schum-Wevers, Berlin, 1969; repr., Hannover, 1970. [1] (German)/(English)



  • Edith Petten, Rob Dettingmeijer, "Beeldende Kunstenaars en televisie: de activiteiten van Gerry Schum", in Utrechtse Kring. Neudeflat, Utrecht: Rijksuniversiteit van Utrecht, 1972. [2] (Dutch)
  • Gerry Schum, ed. Dorine Mignot, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1979. Catalogue. Excerpt. (Dutch)/(English)
  • Ursula Wevers, "Gerry Schum: The Television Gallery. The Idea and How It Failed", in Museums by Artists, eds. A.A. Bronson and Peggy Gale, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1983, pp 283-287. Written 1 Jan 1979. (English)/(French)
  • C. Fortmann, Land Art, 1. Fernsehausstellung der Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum, Bonn, 1986. (German)
  • Christiane Fricke, Dies alles Herzchen wird einmal Dir gehören: die Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum, 1968–1970 und die Produktionen der Videogalerie Schum, 1970-1973, Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 1996. (German)
  • Ready to Shoot: Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum / Videogalerie Schum, eds. Ursula Wevers, Barbara Hess, and Ulrike Groos, Cologne: Snoeck, 2003. Catalogue. Exh. reviews: Verneuil (Parachute), Vissault (etc, FR). (German)
    • Ready to Shoot: Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum / Videogalerie Schum, Düsseldorf: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2004, 317 pp. De Bruyn's essay. (English)
  • Ian White, "Who Is Not the Author? Gerry Schum and the Established Order", in Afterthought: New Writing on Conceptual Art, ed. Mike Sperlinger, London: Rachmaninoff's, 2005, pp 65ff. [3]
  • Joy Sleeman, "Land Art and the Moon Landing", Journal of Visual Culture 8:3 (2009), pp 299-328. (English)
  • Joy Sleeman, "“Like Two Guys Discovering Neptune”: Transatlantic Dialogues in the Emergence of Land Art", in Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945-1975, ed. Rebecca Peabody, Los Angeles: Getty, 2011, pp 148-163.
  • Robyn Farrell, "Network(ed) TV: Collaboration and Intervention at Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum and Videogalerie Schum", Afterimage 43:3 (2015), pp 12-19. [4] (English)

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