The art world in broad strokes, July 24

A real-live art heist was resolved!

Jean-Antoine Watteau, La Surprise.

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that allocates $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. The bill will have to go to a full House vote, then a Senate vote, before it can be signed into law by President Trump, who announced in March that he intends to eliminate the NEA from the 2018 federal budget, because nothing can happen without drama these days. [ArtNet]

The Bavarian State Paintings Collection returned a painting to the heirs of the German banking family from whom Nazis looted eighty years ago. The 16th-century painting, The Raising of Lazarus,  was returned to Frank Winkel — a descendent of a concentration camp survivor — at a ceremony in Munich. [ArtForum]

Decorated F-14 pilot Val Kilmer is holding a solo exhibit at the Gabba Gallery in Beverly Hills. “Kilmer… uses painting to investigate the nature of Icons and to explore issues of celebrity, identity, reproduction, and American mythic archetypes,” which sounds suspiciously like the art will show you what it’s like to be Val Kilmer. The show runs until Saturday, July 29. [Gabba Gallery]

The Getty Museum purchased 16 drawings and a painting from a British collector last week. The artworks are all names you’d recognize from an art history class, including Michelangelo, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Goya. “This acquisition is absolutely transformative in terms of the quality of our drawings collection,” said Timothy Potts, Getty Museum Director. “There hasn’t been an opportunity like this in 30 years of the Getty’s existence and there won’t be again.” [NYT]

Jean-Antoine Watteau, La Surprise.

Jean-Antoine Watteau, La Surprise. The sole painting purchased here, La Surprise was missing from the world for 200 years before surfacing in Britain in 2007.

A real-live art heist was resolved! Somewhat. In 2015, José Capelo, friend of Irish artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was relieved of five pieces of Bacon’s (lol), collectively worth over $29 million. Seven suspects were arrested for the theft in 2016 and Spanish police have since recovered three of the works. [ArtForum]