PAGEA-6 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5,1995 STATE Art world talking Picasso, big prices By CATHERINE CROCKER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The art world is talking Picasso, thinking Picasso and dreaming Picasso, from his cubist still lifes to por- traits of the women he loved. A total of $350 million worth of Impressionist and modern, as well as contemporary art is going on the block during the two-week round of fall sales at Christie's and Sotheby's. \We have very, very good ma- terial coming up for sale this fall,\ said Franck Giraud, who runs Christie's Impressionist and modern painting department in New York. Works by Pablo Picasso carry some of the highest price tags, and there are a lot of them on the block. Together, the two auction houses are selling 27 Picassos — with a total value of at least $70 million — at their main evening sales of Impressionist and mod- ern art on Tuesday and Wednes- day. The Picassos are expected to account for about a third of the sale totals. The high quality of the art reflects the gradual upturn in the market since its collapse in fall 1990, as evidence by the dazzling, price of $29.2 million paid for a Picasso portrait last spring. The Picasso highlight at Christie's is \The Mirror,\ from 1932, an abstract portrait in sen- suously curving lines of the ar- tist's mistress, Marie-Therese Walter. It's estimated at $10 million to $15 million. The seller, reportedly Japa- nese collector Shigeki Kameyama, bought it for $26.4 million at Sotheby's in 1989. A 1905 painting of a circus performer from Picasso's Rose Period is valued at $10 million. Picasso's highly analytical cubist still life, \The Independent,\ from 1911, is estimated at $5 million to $7 million. Christie's has not identified the seller of the still life — nam- ed for the newspaper depicted in it — but reportedly it was col- lected by Jacques Koerfer,' a German businessman who lived in Switzerland. At Sotheby's, the leading Picasso is \Seated Woman,\ from 1938, a harshly distorted portrait of Dora Maar, another one of the artist's mistresses. It's expected to sell for $7 million to $9 mil- lion. A cubist still life from 1914 of a guitar, bottle of Bass, grapes, pipe, glass and newspaper is estimated at $5 million to $7 million. Alexander Apsis, head of Sotheby's Impressionist and modern art, said the plethora of Picassos was a delightful coin- cidence. \Picasso is generally considered the most important artist of the 20th century,\ he noted. Other highlights of the Im- pressionist and modern sales in- clude a Henri Matisse cutout, from 1951, estimated at $7 mil- lion to $10 million, and a 1916 portrait by Amedeo Modigliani, estimated at $6 million to $8 million, both at Christie's. At Sotheby's, \Thicket a forest landscape painted by Vin- Cuts a threat to NY teaching hospitals . AP-Photo Pablo Picasso's \Le Mirror,\ an oil on canvas Work dated March 12, 1932, will be on the auction >lock in New York during Christie's annual fall art sale, which begins Tuesday. cent van Gogh in July 1890, the month he died, was estimated at about $10 million. It is from the estate of Joseph Hazen, a New York philanthropist, lawyer and film producer. The quality of the contem- porary art for sale also is better than it has been in five years. At Christie's, the highlight is Jackson Pollock's \No. 1,1952,\ a drip painting from the collection of Frank Stanton, former presi- dent of CBS. It is estimated at $4 million to $6 million. Roy Lichtenstein's cartoonlike \Emeralds from 1961, estimated at $2 million to $3 million, is the most expensive work at Sotheby's. , WASfipfcf ON CAP) -r- Con- gress' health-care overhaul could .threaten New York's teaching hospitals, the training centers for > many of the nation's doctors and ihe main care providers for many of New York's poorest neighborhoods, educators and health-care administrators warn. Plans to cut medical education payments^iash funding for resi- dent physicians who are not U.S. citizens and reduce payments for looking after the nation's most needy would strike especially hard in a state where many hos- pitals depend on Medicare and Medicaid for more than 75 per- cent of their income, \The budget cuts are hitting virtually every area that sup- ports us,\ said Dr. John Naughton, dean of the medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo and incom- ing chairman of the New York StaEe Council on Graduate Medi- cal Education. \Medical schools and teaching hospitals are threatened by a potential large loss of revenues.\ According to Ken Raske, head of the Greater New York Hospi- tal Association, the Republican's proposed Medicare and Medicaid changes could cost hospitals in New York City $12 billion over seven years. For the state, the reductions could total $20 billion. \It's not clear at all how hpspi- tals will function with those kinds of cutbaicks.and still deliver the same kinds of services they're delivering now,\ said Raske. In a letter sent to the White House on-Thursday, New York Democrats urged President Clin- ton to make good on his threat to vf to the legislation. \The bottom line is that, if enacted as currently proposed, New York state with 7 percent of the nation's population would ab- sorb 11 percent of the cuts in Medicare and Medicaid,\ the lawmakers wrote. The cuts will impact virtually all hospitals, not just teaching hospitals. But educators say the changes will shape the way physicians are trained and how student doctors care for their pa- tients. • Medicare, the $178 billion health program for the elderly, is also the nation's largest under- writer of medical education, pro- viding hospitals with about $150,000 a year for every new doctor trained. Student physi- cians also receive federal money for serving the poor and unin- . sured. New York is particularly vul- nerable because it has such a large population of poor people turning to it for health care. Bishops issue manifesto for '96 vote By DAVID BRIGGS AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Leaders of the nation's largest church declared their independence Saturday in the 1996 presiden- tial elections, welcoming allies in their fight against abortion but challenging conservatives on welfare reform, capital punishment and immigration. U.S. Catholic bishops, whose flocks have been courted in re- cent months by the Catholic Alliance, an offshoot of the con- servative Christian Coalition, declared they are unbeholden to any political party or interest group. \We stand with the unborn and the undocumented when many politicians seem to be abandoning them. We defend children in the womb and on welfare. We oppose the violence of abortion and the vengeance of capital punishment. We op- pose assault weapons in our streets and condoms in our schools,\ the bishops said in their quadrennial statement on political responsibility, released a year before the 1996 vote. \Political Responsibility: Pro- claiming the Gospel of Life, Protecting the Least Among Us, and Pursuing the Common Good\ was approved by the 50-member Administrative Board of the United States Catholic Conference. The bish- ops have issued a statement on religion and politics before every presidential election since the mid-'70s. ~ THe~Catholic vote ls~ consid- ered particularly important in next year's election. Political observers say white Catholics, who have crossed over party lines to vote for Republican presidents but remained sup- portive of Democratic congres- sional candidates, have been a key constituency in maintain- ing split-party government in the United States, In 1994, for the first time in more than a century and a half, a majority of white Catholics voted for a Republican Con- gress. In 1996, Republicans can likely count on receiving a ma- jority of white Protestant voters, and Democrats will likely win support again from black, Jewish and secular con- stituencies, political analysts say. That leaves white Catholics. \Whichever way they flow, to some extent, determines the election,\ said Alan Hertzke, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma and the author of \Representing God in Washington.\ \They are the quintessential swing voters.*- • John Green, a professor at the University of Akron and a leading analyst of religious voting patterns, said Democrats need the white Catholic vote in '96. \If I were advising the Clin- ton White House, which I'm not, I'd say you guys need to pay attention to the Catholic vote. ... You really need that because you're going to have real trouble with white Protes- tants,\ Green said. In their statement, the bish- ops said the church's role is not to endorse candidates, but to analyze issues for their social and moral dimensions and to participate in public policy debates. At the local level, the bishops encourage churches to promote voter registration, nonpartisan candidate forums and ques- tionnaires on issues from abor- tion to peace. \The challenge for our church is to be principled without be- ing ideological, to be political without being partisan, to be civil without being soft, to be involved^ without\ Being\used7\~ the bishops said. In setting out their agenda, the bishops distance themselves from both parties. For example, the bishops said they would work with a variety of groups to defend the poor and seek greater economic justice, but would stand apart on the issue of abortion, which church leaders called the fun- damental human rights issue facing the nation. \We ask some of those who claim to stand for the weak why they protect the eggs of en- dangered species, but fail to de- fend the lives of unborn children,\ they said. Officer shot in Brooklyn gunfight NEW YORK (AP) •<- A police officer was wounded in a Brooklyn gunfight that left another man seriously wounded Saturday after- noon, police said. The unidentified officer was shot in the right leg during the shootout at West 9th Street and Hicks Street around 4:15 p.m., said Officer Robert Samuel, a police spokesman. The wounded cop was conscious and alert when he arrived at Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. The second wounded man was taken to Long Island College Hospital in serious condition, Samuel said. Police had no information on how the shooting started, or whether the officer was responding to call, Samuel said. 'We just don't know yet,\ Samuel said. Two other officers at the scene were hospitalized for treatment of trauma. One was taken to Long Island College Hospital, and the other to Methodist Hospital, Samuel said.. Loggers charged in theft of state's trees BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. 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