It is the first day of Singapore Art Week 2024, and we are gathered at the gorgeous reception area of Whitestone Gallery. Hidden within the industrial complex of Tanjong Pagar Distripark, the space’s cavernous entrance is veiled in a striking pattern of wooden geometry—a recognisable hallmark of the gallery’s designer, renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. With over 700 guests in attendance, the atmosphere is jovial, abuzz with chatter as guests connect over canapes and cocktails.
The grand occasion in question: the opening of Journey to the Lobster Planet by British artist Philip Colbert. Often referred to as the ‘godson of Andy Warhol’, Colbert has amassed a global following for his cartoon lobster alter ego and his vibrant, hyper pop historical paintings. For the first time, he presents a large-scale solo exhibition in Singapore—sharing not just unprecedented works, but also a unique showcase of his art alongside pieces from acclaimed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
Merging his old master style works with the sci-fi world of his Lobster Planet, he delves into the pivotal role that technology plays in shaping humanity today. As part of the exhibition, a massive inflatable sculpture of his cartoon lobster also sits at Clifford Square, next to The Fullerton Bay Hotel, inviting passersby from all walks of life to interact with his art.
Held in conjunction with the start of Singapore Art Week and Art SG 2024, Vogue Singapore collaborated with Whitestone Gallery to launch Journey to the Lobster Planet with an opening party to remember. To kickstart the evening’s programme, speeches were given by Colbert alongside Vogue Singapore publisher Bettina von Schlippe and Whitestone Gallery CEO Koei Shiraishi.
In the crowd, Club Vogue members, partners of Vogue Singapore, VIPs from esteemed institutions, art-goers and artists alike came together to celebrate the momentous occasion. As they admired the vibrant works on display, guests also got to chat with the artist himself, and get figurines of his iconic lobster persona signed.
Dedicated to shaping the local cultural landscape, this event is but one of the myriad ways that Vogue Singapore connects with and supports the art and design community. And with the year only just beginning, look forward to plenty of events like this to come.
Visit Journey to the Lobster Planet at Whitestone Gallery and Philip Colbert’s inflatable sculpture at Clifford Square next to The Fullerton Bay Hotel.