About Steve

Portrait of Steve Lambert

“Steve Lambert, a conceptual artist […], is, depending on your perspective, a wry cultural critic or a loose cannon who must be stopped.” – Adweek Magazine

“Many artists aspire to be revolutionary, but Steve Lambert is truly original and radical.“ – Sarah Kirk Hanley, print curator

“He's an artist, activist, interventionist, teacher, leader, role model, and technology guru.“ - Michelle Levy, Elizabeth Foundation

"Steve Lambert – his person and his work – exists on a continuum in a long line of absurdist provocateurs hell bent on changing the world for the better one sincere, well-formed, slightly ridiculous gesture at a time." - Sam Gould, artist, Red76

“Steve Lambert has been a provocateur for over ten years now, and he continues to shock, inpire, and spur us to action” - Patrick Frank, author and art historian.

“That’s a wonderful spoof!” - Howard Zinn, historian, regarding Emma Goldman Institute for Anarchist Studies

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Recent News

Resistance and Revolution at Gund Gallery, Kenyon College

January 2015

Capitalism Works For Me! True/False Steve Lambert at the Gund Gallery

Resistance & Revolution: Responses in Contemporary Print, Technology and Community Activism

January 16, 2015–March 8, 2015 

This show includes Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, The New York Times Special Edition, The Public Energy Art Kit, and Public Forum.

Artists document or engage in political resistance through varying visual forms, media and technological means. Representing diverse responses to recent and perennial political issues in print, digital technology and social activism from the last decade this exhibition showcases works by Enrique Chagoya, Shephard Fairey, Steve Lambert, YES MEN and others who grapple with economic disparity, environmentalism, foreign policy, racial or gender inequality, among other concerns.

More at the Gund Gallery Site


NY Times Special Edition featured in “Is Satire Saving Our Nation?”

December 2014

The New York Times Special Edition is included in a new book, “Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics” by Sophia A. McLennen and Remy M. Maisel, published by Palgrave Macmillan

Is Satire Saving Our Nation?


Victor Manuel Cázares Vazquez will Talk with Anyone About Anything

November 2014

Victor Manuel Cázares Vazquez is the latest to repeat my I Will Talk With Anyone About Anything project, this time in Nuevo Laredo, MX. It got him in the local news.

Thanks Victor!

I Will Talk With Anyone About Anything Mexico Steve Lambert


Video: Lecture at Grand Valley State University

November 2014

This is the talk I gave at Grand Valley State University. During the Q&A I was first told I was a finalist for Art Prize, so that’s why none of the issues around the funding and giving away the prize are mentioned.

This is what I was thinking about and talking about in September 2014. Topics covered include:

  • Growing up in San Mateo, CA
  • Liberal Education
  • What art is for
  • Jesus of Nazareth vs. Jesus the King
  • Monet’s Haystacks
  • Futurist Theory
  • Some work I made
  • The problem with awe and wonder
  • The problem with explicit persuasion
  • Power

And there are jokes.

Watch it here:


No Thanks ArtPrize (UPDATED)

October 2014

I’m not keeping the money.

Last week I learned I was a jury pick for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Shortly after I found out I was on the short list for the public vote as well. At that point I had a shot at the $200,000 public vote prize, the $200,000 juried prize, and a 1 in 4 chance of winning a $20,000 jury prize for my category.

It’s a lot of money.

I didn’t enter ArtPrize with the hope of winning. I was curated into a show during ArtPrize. I had heard a bit about the contest and decided to give it a chance and have the piece reach an audience it may not otherwise. I was certain I had no shot at winning. I liked that my piece was understood and appreciated by critics and the public alike.

ArtPrize is hard to explain. It’s a project of Rick DeVos, who comes from a very wealthy family. How did they make that money? Founding Amway – Multi-Level Marketing, which is a polite term for a pyramid scheme. They’re married into the family behind Blackwater, the private military outfit. They’re against unions and advocate for school voucher programs. They’ve been major donors to Focus on the Family, Acton Institute, Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s campaigns. You may have read that article I sent last week, or about their unionbusting and plan to defund the Left in Mother Jones. (I encourage you to read them. It made my choice much easier.)

What bothers me the most is the DeVos family has, for generations, been on the wrong side of the fight for civil rights for LGBT people. And they back their opinions with millions in political money against civil rights. It’s a long story, but the end is: they haven’t changed.

Tomorrow night, I may win tens of thousands of dollars of their money. Read on…


Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution at the Helen Day Art Center

October 2014

Through Nov 23rd, the New York Times Special Edition is part of  Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution at the Helen Day Art Center

About the show:

Artists have been at the forefront of revolutions for centuries, producing work that has an immediate political impact, or is responding to civil unrest. This exhibition takes its inspiration from the Arab Spring, and looks at the impact that artists have on political and social reform in countries like Egypt, Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Iran, and the United States. Unrest looks at artists as activists, revolutionaries and visionaries.

Participating Artists:

  • Lara Baladi
  • Because We Want It (Steve Lambert, The Yes Men, and many others)
  • Murad Subay
  • Public Studio
  • Packard Jennings
  • Shirin Neshat
  • Michael Rakowitz
  • Claire Fontaine
  • Pedro Reyes

Pizarra Urbana del Capitalismo

An artist collective in Santiago did a remix of my “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” project and Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” project.

They sent me the video, but my spanish is pretty bad. I asked them to subtitle it so I could share it with you. And they did!


Capitalism Works For Me! True/False crashes the Labour Party Conference

September 2014

Upper Space crashed the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, UK with the Capitalism Works For Me! True/False on the back of a flatbed. Watch the video:


Oxfam Australia’s Design for Change and Steve Lambert

September 2014

Video by Lindsay Harris

Nestled in the basement of an abandoned high school in Beacon (New York) Design for Change found itself in artist Steve Lambert‘s studio chatting about art, his parents (a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun), drumming circles and his recent project with ‘The Public Energy Art Kit’ (P.E.A.K), a collaboration with the Post Carbon Institute.

The Public Energy Art Kit is a large broadsheet of 14 posters specifically designed to help tackle climate change, energy inequality and fossil fuel dependency. Curated by Steve, the project asked 12 artists to interpret and visualise new climate change realities.

Originally posted on the Oxfam Australia Design for Change site


People’s Climate March “Warm-up” at La Casita Verde

September 2014

People’s Climate March “Warm-up” at La Casita Verde
Saturday, September 20th, 1-4pm
La Casita Verde, 451 Bedford Ave. at Division, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Join artists, scientists and activists at La Casita Verde for an afternoon of making the day before the People’s Climate March. We will collaborate on eye-catching signs to carry in the march based on your concerns, interests, hopes and dreams. Fun for all ages. Sign-making materials will be provided but donations encouraged.

Featured guests include: Steve Lambert, Natalie Jeremijenko, Marina Zurkow, Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga, Valerie Tevere, Angel Nevarez, Cynthia Lawson-Jaramillo, Laura Nova, Heather Davis, Ann Fink among others.

Organized by Brooke Singer and Stefani Bardin of La Casita Verde.

La Casita Verde Warmup