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About The Gallery

A note from the Gallery's owner, Jim Lapides

Welcome to International Poster Gallery Online!  We feature 10,000 fine original vintage posters for sale, making ours one of the largest collections in every price and style. We invite you to search using multiple terms to find the perfect poster for you!

 

After 23 years on Newbury Street, we moved to SoWa, Boston's Arts & Design district in Spring of 2017. We encourage you to come and visit us in person at our new home where we continue to share our passion for one of the most important art forms of the Twentieth Century. It is hard to believe how much our field has advanced since we launched our first website two decades ago!

A note from the Gallery's owner, Jim Lapides

Welcome to International Poster Gallery Online!  We feature 10,000 fine original vintage posters for sale, making ours one of the largest collections in every price and style. We invite you to search using multiple terms to find the perfect poster for you!

 

After 23 years on Newbury Street, we moved to SoWa, Boston's Arts & Design district in Spring of 2017. We encourage you to come and visit us in person at our new home where we continue to share our passion for one of the most important art forms of the Twentieth Century. It is hard to believe how much our field has advanced since we launched our first website two decades ago!

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 our Gallery has played an important role in the worldwide acceptance of fine ItalianSwissDutch and Russian posters; as well as Mid-Century ModernMather Work IncentiveTravelSki, and Avant-Garde posters from all eras.    

 

Like many of our clients, my interest in posters began while decorating both 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.

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 our Gallery has played an important role in the worldwide acceptance of fine ItalianSwissDutch and Russian posters; as well as Mid-Century ModernMather Work IncentiveTravelSki, and Avant-Garde posters from all eras.    

 

Like many of our clients, my interest in posters began while decorating both 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 the 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 TimesThe Boston GlobeWorth 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.  

 

Not to be forgotten is the two year, eleven venue, national exhibition tour of Graphic Intervention - 25 Years of AIDS Intervention Posters curated by Elizabeth Resnick of MassArt. This show from my 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.

We are a multiple winner of Boston Magazine's prestigious Best of Boston award and are included in the 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 TimesThe Boston GlobeWorth 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.  

 

Not to be forgotten is the two year, eleven venue, national exhibition tour of Graphic Intervention - 25 Years of AIDS Intervention Posters curated by Elizabeth Resnick of MassArt. This show from my 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 interaction.

 

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, as well as leading institutions from Europe to Asia.

 

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 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! 

 

SoWa, our new neighborhood, features 35 art galleries, countless boutiques and free parking outside our door - plus many of the most exciting dining experiences in Boston close by. Come visit!

 


Jim Lapides graduated with high honors in Art History at Yale University, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. Later he earned an MBA 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.

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 interaction.

 

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, as well as leading institutions from Europe to Asia.

 

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 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! 

 

SoWa, our new neighborhood, features 35 art galleries, countless boutiques and free parking outside our door - plus many of the most exciting dining experiences in Boston close by. Come visit!

 


Jim Lapides graduated with high honors in Art History at Yale University, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. Later he earned an MBA 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.