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Decorative Arts

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.

MEDIUM Plastic, textile, metal
DATES 1987
DIMENSIONS 14 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 3/4 in. (36.2 x 38.7 x 1.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS R. Zwillinger C1983 in pencil on the back of the textile backing fabric
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Edward and Phyllis Kwalwasser
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CAPTION Rhonda Zwillinger (American, born 1950). Necklace, 1987. Plastic, textile, metal, 14 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 3/4 in. (36.2 x 38.7 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edward and Phyllis Kwalwasser, 2007.39.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 2007.39.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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