Sukanya Rajaratnam’s unlikely career as a gallerist traces back to her arrival at Cambridge, where a Henry Moore sculpture on the lawn of the university stopped her in her tracks. “I grew up Sri Lanka during the civil war and without much exposure to Western art,” she said. “I was also a linear thinker — a math person studying economics — and Moore’s work made no sense to me. But it opened up a path of seeing and thinking differently.” After a brief stint as an investment banker, she realized that her heart was in art and made a leap of faith. Today, Rajaratnam is a partner at Mnuchin Gallery and one of NYC’s most influential art dealers. “My passion is curating exhibitions that bring undervalued artists to light,” she said. Here, she shares some of the beautifully designed products she loves — all worthy of displaying alongside actual art.
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