Steve Lambert
Since 2007
Works in Beacon, New York United States of America

teve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.

Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In the Summer of 2011 he began a national tour of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False – a 9 x 20ft sign allowing people to vote on whether capitalism worked for them . He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).

Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, Good, Dwell, ARTnews, Punk Planet, and Newsweek.

He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from an reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.
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All the News We Hope to Print

Anne Elizabeth Moore came forward with her "real story" of the NY Times Special Edition project when it was announced. She was indeed involved at the beginning, but left out key parts in her story; for example, that she was asked to leave the project and why. She also made up several details (cutting female contributors for example) which no one ever attempted to verify and couldn't be further from the truth. We never responded publicly because we didn't want to fan the flames. I never thought I'd see these claims pop up again so many years later.

That said, it's great to see this piece and the connections it draws together.

Regarding "the few examples I'm aware of are so disparate that it is more likely to be convergent evolution" I think this is probably true in many cases, but there were a few different newspaper projects in the years following (in England, Germany, and Poland that I remember) who contacted us for advice and ideas. The story of our NY Times did have an international reach and one of our goals was to change the tone of activism from a reactive "No/Don't/Stop" message to putting forward a vision of what we want. I'm hoping that happened, but as long as that kind of work is being created, I'm happy.

Thanks for writing this.


Matrix III (1972) - John Whitney

I'm gonna sound like a snob, and I am glad they are available, but these films are so much better on film. The detail that one can see when this is projected... oh god I sound like such an old man.



Profile of Steve Lambert creator of Add-Art

why does it have to be either/or?