Established in 2004, Big Red & Shiny is an award-winning Boston-based online arts magazine committed to expanding critical discourse and coverage of contemporary art in our city. BR&S publishes essays, profiles, interviews and reviews that explore contemporary art from a range of perspectives. Managed by a small group of enthusiastic editors, Big Red & Shiny aims to promote meaningful exchange within the Boston arts community and beyond.
Big Red & Shiny Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and run by a fully volunteer staff.
Why the name “Big Red & Shiny”?
The running joke about making a work of art goes ‘If you can’t make it good, make it big. If it doesn’t look good big, make it red. If you want it to sell, make it shiny.’
A BRIEFER HISTORY OF BR&S
Launched in February 2004, Big Red & Shiny published 135 issues before going dark in August 2010. Following a serendipitous set of circumstances, it returned under new editorial staff in September 2012.
Big Red, as it came to be affectionately known, was the brainchild of Matthew Nash and Sean Horton, though it was Matthew Gamber who, stepping in as Editor-in-Chief with the ninth issue, kicked things up a notch. Without the hard work that all the founding editors put into a little pink website, we wouldn’t have the name and range to lead the ambitious plans we have for Big Red & Shiny today.
We recommend Matt Nash’s vivid and intimate history of Big Red’s formative years.
Since its relaunch in September 2012, BR&S editors have included Stephanie Cardon, who was also Executive Editor from September 2013 through February 2015; John Pyper, who was the Editor-in-Chief from 2012-13 and Journal Editor through June 2014; and Anulfo Baez who ran the Blog from September 2012 to September 2013.