'Newsbeat' visits an art exhibition of the premier Irish painters and sculptors at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin.

The RHA's 138th Summer Exhibition in Dublin celebrates the work of Irish artists.

When you exhibit here you've got it made in the art world.

While the artists win recognition by the very fact that they have been admitted to the show, there is no guarantee that they will sell their work. In fact, there has been criticism in recent years that paintings at this exhibition are just not selling. The poor sales could be because they are too expensive ranging in price from £20 to £300. It could also be because they are too old fashioned, too modern, too abstract or too subjective. Irish artist Harry Kernoff, after a visit to an exhibition of abstract art, echoes the feelings of the traditionalist and is less than complimentary about abstract art when he wrote

Bilious, amorphous, gangrenous muck, 
Negative, scrupulous on canvas stock, 
Any results a mere matter of luck. 
Inchoate, nebulous, mystical stuff, 
Quality infantile, crude and rough. 
This absolute and incoherent bunk. 
A pile of incomprehensible junk. 


This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 31 May 1967. The reporter is Cathal O'Shannon.