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Jun 18, 2014

Frommer's Boston Day By Day Guide - 2014

We're Frommer's Most Unexpected Boston Shopping Destination!


"Yes, posters are art -- as you'll see before you even cross the threshold of this extraordinary gallery. It features extensive collections of French, Swiss, Soviet, and Italian vintage posters, and thousands of other posters, including originals from around the world. The enthusiastic, accommodating staff will comb its databases (cyber and cerebral) to help you find the exact image you want, and the website is a great resource."


Feb 06, 2014

Picturing The Olympics: A History Of The Games In 15 Posters

Picturing The Olympics: A History Of The Games In 15 Posters


"Basically, you've got to look at the history of travel. The Olympics movement was a huge, huge event. It was an opportunity for a country to say they're ready," says Jim Lapides, owner of International Poster Gallery in Boston. "It's all about becoming a leading member of the world community."


Feb 02, 2012

History's Jackpot

History's Jackpot
"History's Jackpot: Investing in Antique Collectibles" by Craig Gottlieb


"As an investment, antique posters are an underratted genre.  Ask Jim Lapides what he thinks about investing in vintage posters, and he'll tell you the timing couldn't be better... Prices are so reasonable that for very little money, a poster collector can own a significant piece of art history.  Try spending just a few thousand dollars for the top art in another art genre!"

Oct 14, 2011

New England Antiques Journal

 vintage poster collecting primer                                  
"International Posters: A Collector's Primer" by Jim Lapides


When the predominantly American market for vintage posters emerged in the late 1970s, attention focused on French Art Nouveau and Art Deco artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, and A.M. Cassandre.  As the poster market has matured and spread globally, however, interest has broadened to include styles and subjects from nearly every era and country... The market has also strengthened for many category niches such as travel, sports, and war posters, which continue to yield auction records despite the recession.


Oct 06, 2010


Steven HellerThe Paper War on AIDS by Steven Heller

"Even in this hyper-media, information saturated age, printed pieces of paper continue to influence and inspire, incite and inform. Anyone who says this is hyperbole should look closely at Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design."

Sep 23, 2010

Bay Windows

Graphic Intervention

By Hannah Clay Wareham

"James Lapides believes in the power of the poster. He's been collecting posters for the past twenty years, and a good portion of his collection is now on display at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. "Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters" includes moving, powerful works of art that showcase AIDS awareness across the world from 1985 to the present."

May 14, 2010

Hopkins - Views from the Hill Alumni Magazine


Hopkins Views"This winter, Hopkins School hosted an impressive exhibition of original poster art from the collection of Jim Lapides... The exhibit at the Keator Gallery, which ran from January 21 through March 5, featured seventeen large graphic posters from the late nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries... 'Every poster tells a story,' [Lapides] said in his opening presentation, 'and the selections in this show are as rich as any you will find in our field.'"



Nov 05, 2009

North End Scene Magazine

North End Scene Magazine

Vintage Italian Posters from the Past - by Lauren Dilello

"Raging with such drama, passion and grace, it goes without contest that the vintage poster art of Italy is not only a stunning contribution to the art world, but it is a true reflection of the spirit of Italian culture. ...  According to [Jim] Lapides, whose gallery has become somewhat of a New England art institution, celebrating 15 years of business and housing more than 10,000 vintage and modern posters, "Only the Italians could think of a creation so wild, so over the top."  While other regions shared poster content with those of Italy, for example, France also produced posters advertising opera, food, beverage and travel, Lapides believes the physical and emotional characteristics of Italian poster art put them in a league of their own."

Jun 27, 2009

Financial Times: Collecting - Sale of the Week

Financial Times, Italian PostersPoster Power, Italian Style: "When Yale art history graduate Jim Lapides began collecting posters during the early 1990s, he focused on those produced in Italy between the end of the 19th century and the late 1930s.  At the time, the poster art of France and Britain was widely recognised for its collectability but Italy's attracted relatively few enthusiasts.  By 1994, Lapides had already acquired so many quality examples that he decided to turn his passion into a business and opened Boston's International Poster Gallery which now holds a stock of more than 10,000 vintage posters from countries around the world, covering subjects ranging from planes, trains and automobiles to opera, sport, music and film.  For this selling exhibition, however, Lapides has returned to his first love - the Italian poster art for which his gallery is now recognised as being the best in the world..."

Jun 18, 2009

Playboy's A-List: America's Coolest Stores


America's Coolest Stores...The posters on the hallowed walls of Jim Lapides's gallery aren't the kind destined for thumb tacks and dorm rooms. He's spent years combing through flea markets and estate sales, tracking down his impeccable collection of Bolshevik propaganda, classic ski art, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau advertising from around the globe. If you go, go prepared: Check the web site's invaluable searchable database for ideas.

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