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Steve Lambert (born 1976) is an artist who works with issues of advertising and the use of public space. He is founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, an artist-run group which critiques advertising through artistic interventions.
According to Lambert:
Steve Lambert was born in Los Angeles in 1976 and moved to the Bay Area four days later. His father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, and ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist. Despite never graduating from high school, Steve went on to study sociology, film, and music before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000 and a Master of Fine Arts degree at UC Davis in 2006. He founded the outdoor, guerilla art gallery, the Budget Gallery, in 1999 and the Anti-Advertising Agency in 2004.
The New York Times Special Edition
The New York Times Special Edition (2008) was a spoof edition of the New York Times created by the Yes Men, Steve Lambert, CodePINK, and a number of other artists, writers and activist groups. 1.2 million copies of the paper were printed and distributed for free on the streets of New York City.
According to the New York Times:
The spurious 14-page papers — with a headline “IRAQ WAR ENDS” — surprised commuters, many of whom took the free copies thinking they were legitimate. The paper is dated July 4, 2009, and imagines a liberal utopia of national health care, a rebuilt economy, progressive taxation, a national oil fund to study climate change, and other goals of progressive politics. The hoax was accompanied by a Web site that mimics the look of The Times’s real Web site. A page of the spoof site contained links to dozens of progressive organizations, which were also listed in the print edition.
- New York Times: Liberal Pranksters Hand Out Times Spoof
- New York Times Special Edition (Spoof website)
- Reuters: Hoax NY Times newspaper declares end of Iraq war (November 2008)
- Wired: Spoof New York Times Proclaims Iraq War Over
- YouTube: FAKE NY TIMES hoax on CNN (The Yes Men)