On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new exhibition of contemporary works titled “Real and Abstract: Contemporary Art from the Farnsworth.” The exhibition, which had been scheduled to open Feb. 13, will be on display in the downtown museum’s Morehouse Wing through May 16.

Organized to coincide with the museum’s Achieving American Art lecture series at the Strand Theatre, “Real and Abstract” features highlights from the museum’s collection of American art made after World War II. While Abstract Expressionism catapulted American art to the forefront of the world avant-garde, realism maintained a strong hold on American artists. It enjoyed a revival in the 1960s that has persisted to this day, coexisting with equally persistent strains of abstraction.

The exhibition will explore this phenomenon and will include works by Will Barnet, Jennifer Bartlett, Janet Fish, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Sylvia Mangold, Kenneth Noland, Julian Opie, Neil Welliver and others.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.