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Steve Lambert


  • EXPO Chicago 2015
  • ArtPadSF 2013
  • Dallas Art Fair 2013
  • Miami Project 2012
  • It’s Time to Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting
  • Dallas Art Fair 2012
  • PULSE Miami 2011
  • Art Toronto 2011
  • Texas Contemporary
  • Art Aspen 2011
  • NEXT Chicago 2011
  • If These Walls Could Talk – A Conversation
    Group Exhibition in Conjunction with Marine
  • Pulse Miami 2010
  • Art San Diego 2010
  • Art Aspen 2010
  • NEXT Chicago 2010
  • Pulse NY 2010
  • Pulse Miami 2009
  • Beyond the Border Art Fair
  • Everything You Want, Right Now!

  • Artist's Resume (pdf, 145.74 Kb)

    Artist's Catalog (pdf, 1.79 Mb)

    Artist's Website


    For Steve, art is a bridge that connects uncommon, idealistic, or even radical ideas with everyday life. Steve carefully crafts various conditions where he can discuss these ideas with people and have a mutually meaningful exchange. Often this means working collaboratively with the audience, bringing them into the process or even having them physically complete the work.

    Steve wants his art to be relevant to those outside the gallery – say, at the nearest bus stop – to reach them in ways that are engaging and fun. He intends what he does to be funny, but at the core of each piece there is also a solemn critique. It’s important to be able to laugh while actively questioning the various power structures at work in our daily lives.

    He has the unabashedly optimistic belief that art changes the way people look at the world. That belief fuels a pragmatic approach to bring about those changes.

    Steve 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. 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, and 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. His work has been shown at galleries, art spaces, and museums nationally and internationally, and in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The United States 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 faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from an reputable art school and reputable state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.

    Steve Lambert – It’s Time To Fight and It’s Time to Stop Fighting – at Charlie James Gallery from Charlie James Gallery on Vimeo.


100%, 2009 | Edition of 3 | Mixed Media | 30 x 42 x 6 inches

Steve Lambert

Press Release (pdf, 140.38 Kb)


Profile of Steve Lambert’s “invisible house” in Milwaukee, WI

Sierra Nevada College’s MFA-IA Program Hosts Steve Lambert’s ‘Co-op Bar’ This Summer

Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works for Me! (print) acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works for Me! in Corpocracy at the Station Museum, Houston, TX

Steve Lambert and the Yes Men participate in Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum, on view through August 7, 2016

Steve Lambert Discusses Ethics Within the Art World For Creative Time Reports

ArtNet Names CJG One of the 10 Best Booths at Expo Chicago 2015

The Art Newspaper features CJG in EXPO CHICAGO Review

CJG exhibiting a 2-artist booth at EXPO Chicago 2015 featuring work by Jennifer Dalton and Steve Lambert

Subscribe to Steve Lambert's podcast with the Center for Artistic Activism

Carolina Miranda Reviews "Manifest Justice" Group Show Featuring Work by Steve Lambert and Nery Gabriel Lemus for the LA Times

Steve Lambert and Nery Gabriel Lemus in "Manifest Justice" Group Show, Opening May 1st in Los Angeles

CJG Artists Featured in Daily Serving's "The Business End of Art"

Hyperallergic on Steve Lambert and His Potential ArtPrize Donation

Artnet Reporting on Steve Lambert's Pledge to Donate His ArtPrize Winnings

Art F City on Steve Lambert and his Pledge to Donate 100% of Possible ArtPrize Winnings

Does Capitalism Work for Steve? Lambert Vows to Give Away ArtPrize Winnings

Artforum Critics Pick "We'll All Make Out Better Than Okay” featuring work by Steve Lambert

The Pitch Reviews Charlotte Street Group Show Feat. Work by Steve Lambert, Alex Schaefer and William Powhida

Roberta Smith's New York Times review of Momenta Art's "Burying the Lede: News as Art" features William Powhida and Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert, William Powhida, and Alex Schaefer in Group Show "We'll Make Out Better Than Okay" opening Oct. 25 at The Charlotte Street Foundation's la Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, MO

ARTINFO Video on Steve Lambert's Capitalism Sign in Times Square

NPR: Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square

New York Times on Capitalism Works for Me in Times Square

WNYC on Capitalism Works for Me Installation in Times Square

Steve Lambert's Capitalism Works for Me!True/False in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix

Wake the Beast election video I AM VOTING featuring the work of Steve Lambert

Wake the Beast election video VOTE YOUR DREAMS featuring the work of Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert addresses Creative Time Summit in New York

Video Walkthrough of Steve Lambert Show, "It's Time To Fight and It's Time to Stop Fighting"

LA Weekly profiles Steve Lambert and "It's Time to Fight, and It's Time to Stop Fighting"

Video of Steve Lambert's Private Property installed @ CJG

Daniela Comani and Steve Lambert in 'Capital Offense' Group Show at Beacon Arts

Boston Magazine covers the 2012 deCordova Biennial featuring Steve Lambert's Capitalism sign

Steve Lambert Selected for the 2012 deCordova Biennial

Steve Lambert's "Capitalism Works for Me" featured in Boston Globe

NYU Launches “Artistic Activism” Research Group

Steve Lambert - Trust Me Video

If These Walls Could Talk - Review White Hot Magazine

Steve Lambert Appointed to SMFA Faculty - Boston

Art in America on Steve Lambert and William Powhida at PULSE NY

Steve Lambert Solo Booth Chronicled at PULSE Miami

Steve Lambert's "Self-Control" Covered by Bay Area NBC News

Steve Lambert Wins Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica

Steve Lambert Reviewed in the LA Times

Steve Lambert's show on Eco Art Blog

Steve Lambert in Citizen LA!

Steve Lambert in Buzzine!

Steve Lambert in the Examiner!

Steve Lambert's Self-Control Internet Gets Big Attention

Steve Lambert interviewed in Proximity Magazine

Packard Jennings & Steve Lambert collaborate with the Yes Men


Eyes For Cash Ed 1/5 | Pine, Oil Enamel, Laser Cut Acrylic, Sign bulbs, Wiring, Single-Channel Flasher | 41 x 17 3/4 inches