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Like the 49 issues that have come before, we offer the 50th serving of articles, reviews, news and columns. Our first reaction was to congratulate ourselves and offer some kind retrospective, as it is the convention. This kind of pat on the back is mostly unjustified at this point, since it is only a number that happens to cut the number 100 down the middle, a number in which we (collectively) are more impressed. 50 years would be something. Besides, we have a Year in Review issue in the early winter, which is a more immediate, and honest response to having made it another 12 months. Log on in 2054 and read the Year in Review, if it isn’t already uploaded into your brain.

Since 50 of anything is a culturally understood milestone, it could be seen as a lost opportunity to reflect, but that would be a lost opportunity to cover the smattering of events in the area. There seems to be more and more great artwork to see, making it hard to get to write about everything, making our coverage that much more of a challenge. Now that's something to celebrate.

About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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