ROCKLAND – On Saturday, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a major summer exhibition, “Alex Katz: New Work.” The opening will be celebrated with a members-only preview and reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a free public party from 7 to 8 p.m. “Alex Katz: New Work” will run through January 2.

Katz is regarded as one of the most important artists of his generation. His works have been collected and exhibited internationally. Painter, printmaker, sculptor and draftsman, Katz has explored two main themes over the course of his long career: landscape and the figure. It is his commitment to an essentially representational approach combined with his interest in rendering his subjects in flat forms that sets him apart from many of his contemporaries. These simultaneous interests, in landscape and portrait, and realism and abstraction, have guided his work for more than 60 years.

Every summer since 1954, Alex Katz has lived and painted in the town of Lincolnville. In addition to his signature figure paintings, much of his work has concentrated on the land- and seascape of midcoast Maine. In recent years in particular, Katz’s work has included lushly painted, subtly colored large-scale canvases intimately connected to the place he has called home for more than five decades. The exhibition “Alex Katz: New Work” focuses on Katz’s most recent works from his annual Lincolnville sojourns.

All of the paintings are from the artist’s own collection.

At 6 p.m. June 23, Farnsworth chief curator Michael K. Komanecky will talk about the exhibition in the museum auditorium. At 6 p.m. Aug. 3, scholar Mark Rosenthal will lecture about Katz, and there will be a gallery talk with Zofia Lamprecht and Komanecky at 1 p.m. Aug. 11. Katz and Komanecky will talk about the show at 6 p.m. Aug. 25, also in the museum auditorium.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Adults pay $12 admission, $10 for seniors and students, while children 16 and younger get in free.

For information, call 596-6457 or go to farnsworthmuseum.org.