Not Venice, Hawaii
Biennial exhibitions are often marked by considerable status and even notoriety. While Honolulu is not Venice, and the young Contemporary Museum is not the Whitney, the museum's second Biennial exhibition has clearly established a significant new venue for island artists.
Described by its organiser as a 'selected sampling of some of the best recent work', the exhibition includes seven established artists from Hawaii's four major islands. The success of its mix depends to a great extent on the curatorial acumen of an eighth participant—James Jensen, the museum's Associate…