Yesterday I spent the afternoon with Jim Budman.  Jim is an
artist, collector and supporter of the arts.
His two large Venice studios are filled with the artwork of friends
and colleges collected over the last 50 years.  I met Jim
a year ago at a random art gathering and ended up spending
several hours with him wandering through his art space.
He collects all kinds of art, ranging from paintings, to collages
to found art.  Some of the pieces are from local artist he has met
while living in both New York and Venice.  Others are from world
renowned artist he has befriended over the years.  The most notable
of Jim's artist friends is JR whom famously pasted a photos of
Jim Budman's eyes to the side of a building on Abbott Kinney.