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Title: Tense
Author: Lucy Lippard and Jerry Kearns
Editors: Anne Turyn and Yana Foqué 
Publisher: Kunstverein Publishing
Publication date: 2021
Pages: 40
Dimensions: 13 x 21cm
Language: English
Price: €10.00

Tense is a never-realised publication, written and composed by Lucy Lippard and Jerry Kearns in 1984, that only now has been released in a very limited run on Kunstverein Publishing’s imprint.

The first run of the book accompanied the exhibition Top Stories, which took a closer look at the 29 issues of the prose periodical with the same title, founded in the late 1970s by Anne Turyn. Top Stories was dedicated to fiction by emerging women artists and writers from that time. Tense was originally intended to become part of the series as well, but never made it to print. It was only recently – during the making of the exhibition at Amsterdam’s Kunstverein – that the original mock-up was retrieved from the editor’s archives and finally sent off to the printer.

Due to popular demand, Tense had a subsequent small-scale reprint, this time in a bold black and silver palette.