After 23 years on Newbury Street, Jim Lapides has brought his renowned International Poster Gallery to the SoWa Art + Design District; we couldn’t be more excited. We chatted with Jim to learn a little more about the making of his stunning art business.
After spending many years in the corporate world, Jim decided to channel his rich Art History background from Yale University into the curation of his gallery. "I started as a collector like many of my customers – my hobby got a little out of control. Today we have evolved into one of the leading collections in the world and our posters are represented in museums around the world," says Jim. As a dedicated collector, Jim ensures that his gallery is constantly showcasing new work with varying subjects, styles, and countries of origin. Jim features many Italian, Swiss, Dutch, French, and Russian posters, just to name a few. The immense collection truly has something for everyone, from beginners to sophisticated collectors. Jim has developed a particular interest in travel, transportation, food, spirits, fashion, war, and propaganda posters. To support interested remote collectors, he has developed a website with a thorough account of 5,000 items from his inventory.
Currently, International Poster Gallery is exhibiting artists under the seasonally appropriate title: Midsummer Masterpieces. Highlights of the exhibit include A.M. Cassandre's Wagon-Bar (1932) and Giorgio Muggiani's Martini Vermouth (1921). While Cassandre used his artistic abilities to use modern art to convey a message, Muggiani focused on his knowledge of Italian Futurist painters and their love of modern technology. Stop by the exhibit before July 31, and stay tuned for a superb group of new poster arrivals later this summer.
International Poster Gallery is a repeat winner of Boston Magazine's prestigious Best of Boston award and is included in Top Ten Boston Travel Guide. When the gallery team is not busy curating their own exhibits, they lend a helping hand to museums like the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Library of Congress as they work to assemble their own poster collections.
In the past, its exhibitions have been gloriously reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Worth Magazine, and the Financial Times. Visit International Poster Gallery in the SoWa Art + Design District at 460C Harrison Ave. Suite C20 Boston, MA 02118. Hours: Daily 10-6; Sunday 12-6 (EST).