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About The Gallery

A note from the Gallery's owner, Jim Lapides

Nearly 20 years ago we opened International Poster Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston.  As a collector and private dealer, I wanted to share my passion for one of the most important art forms of the twentieth century. When we launched this website in 1997, our reach became truly global.

The Gallery's name reflects a love of posters from all countries. Whereas most galleries are dominated by French posters, our walls reveal a strong focus outside of France as well. Through our exhibitions (more than 50), lectures and inventory selection our Gallery has played an important role in the worldwide acceptance of fine Italian, Swiss, Dutch and Russian posters, as well as Mid-Century Modern, Mather work incentive, travel, ski, and Avant-Garde posters from all eras.    

Like many of our clients, my interest in posters began while decorating home and office. To my surprise I found that hardly anyone was collecting Italian posters, despite their obvious beauty. I spent many years tracking down these great posters and today we continue as a leading dealer in Italian poster masterpieces.

We are a multiple winner of Boston Magazine's prestigious Best of Boston award and are included in Top Ten Boston Travel Guide. Our website was the first vintage poster site to be recognized as a Yahoo! Pick of the Day and has won more than 100 awards for its rich content and extensive inventory, now numbering more than 5,000 in-stock items.

The Gallery's exhibitions have been well received in reviews in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Worth Magazine and the Financial Times. Two of our best were "The Italian Poster Rediscovered", the first major gallery exhibition of Italian poster masterpieces in the U.S., and "War and Revolution: Propaganda Posters from America in WWI & from the Russian Revolution". More recently, our shows on the Swiss Object Poster received critical acclaim, while "Bon Voyage: Posters of the Golden Age of Travel" has led to a book project on the same subject, as well as a major exhibition of Ocean Liner Posters at Boston's Intercontinental Hotel.

Not to be forgotten is the two year, 11 venue, national exhibition tour of "Graphic Intervention - 25 Years of AIDS Intervention Posters" curated by Elizabeth Resnick of MassArt. This show from my large collection of AIDS posters culminated in the generous donation of all 3,400 posters to The Wolfsonian-FIU in 2012 by collector and benefactor Henry S. Hacker.

Our clients include thousands of collectors and enthusiasts around the globe who rely on us for our knowledge, connoisseurship, and ethical practices. In the age of the internet and sophisticated restoration and reproduction techniques, customers more than ever need a source they can trust, and we work hard to earn that trust on every transaction.

The Gallery has also assisted scores of corporations and museums assemble poster collections. Clients include The Wine Spectator, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Design Zurich and leading institutions from Europe to Japan and Australia.

The Gallery is managed by a terrific staff that aims to complement our world class collection with superior customer service. Whether you are looking for one poster or want to assemble or sell a collection, we would be glad to assist every day of the week.

I hope you enjoy our website, and also urge you to visit our Gallery for one of our shows or just to see how original vintage lithographic posters look in person - the ten foot tall Tosca can't quite be appreciated on a computer monitor!

We are located in Boston's Back Bay, an area that combines historic buildings, fine art galleries and Boston's most fashionable shopping streets. Despite our posh address, you will find us price competitive due to our volume, knowledgable purchasing practices and longterm lease. Come visit!

Jim Lapides graduated with high honors in Art History at Yale University, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. Later he earned an MBA at Harvard and spent over 20 years in corporate life. His passion for posters led to a second career when he opened International Poster Gallery on Newbury Street in 1994. A dedicated collector himself, Jim has written extensively on posters and has organized and curated many poster exhibitions both at the Gallery and in New England, including a major retrospective of Soviet posters at the Massachusetts College of Art.