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This flamboyant necklace is typical of the decorative projects of Rhonda Zwillinger, who is also a well-known avant-garde photographer and was a leading artist in the emergence of New York's East Village as a vital center of contemporary art in the 1980s. Using inexpensive plastic sequins and beads, Zwillinger embellishes her jewelry, everyday objects such as found handbags, and entire room installations to astonishing effect. This necklace, which the artist describes as "wearable ecstasy" sold for $125 at the Gracie Mansion Gallery in the East Village in 1987.

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