The Bookshop is pleased to welcome Cyrille Gouyette for a signing session on the occasion of the release of his new book “Une street histoire de l’art: 50 ans d’art urbain révèlent 5000 ans d’histoire de l’art”. He will be accompanied by the artists Madame, Swed, Zevs, Olivia de Bona, Lek and Sowat, Ox and others to come.

Can the artist escape the history of art?
At the turn of the third millennium, urban art synthesizes all styles and techniques, mixing image and writing, figurative and abstract. If some urban artists claim references to tradition, others seem to distance themselves from it completely. However, unconsciously or deliberately, all of them are linked, by style, subject and technique, to a history of art that begins in prehistory.
The purpose of this book is to show, from a vast choice of artists (more than 200) among the most emblematic of the contemporary urban scene, how their works refer to the history of Western artistic creation, where each era finds its corollary in urban art. Beyond the permanence of the subjects that cross the centuries, to show how the street artists assimilate and transcend them, it is a question of clarifying the formal codes and deciphering the artists’ modus operandi to show how the street artists assimilate and transcend them.

Cyrille Gouyette has a degree in art history from the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and is passionate about urban art. He works at the Louvre Museum where he is in charge of artistic and cultural education.
As an exhibition curator, he is also an artistic advisor for outdoor murals in Paris, at the M.U.R. Bastille, or in Avignon. Iconophile with eclectic tastes, he militates for the registration of urban art as a fine art. He is the author of “Under the street art, the Louvre” (2019), published by Alternatives.