Doug Woodham is the Managing Partner of Art Fiduciary Advisors, a financial advisory practice focused on art and culture. The firm advises private clients with legacy planning needs, offering comprehensive services from planning through the execution of selling, gifting, or donating artworks. The firm also advises collectors and institutions on the sale of art by designing optimal sale strategies, negotiating consignment agreements, and monitoring implementation. Art Fiduciary Advisors always acts as a fiduciary working on behalf of the client, and works in partnership with a client's team of tax, legal, and financial advisors.
Doug brings a unique perspective to the art market from his life-long interest in art, business, and finance. He most recently served as President of the Americas for Christie’s, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business and senior client relationships in North and South America. He was a member of the Global Transactions Management Committee that reviewed and approved all major consignment deals, including the economic terms offered to consignors. He also led the Christie’s team working with the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit to help the Detroit Institute of Arts separate from the City of Detroit bankruptcy.
Doug is the author of the best-selling book Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate about Art, published in April 2017. The book received outstanding reviews in The Economist and the London Financial Times, among other publications.
Earlier in his career, Doug was a partner with McKinsey & Company, working primarily with asset and wealth management clients in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He is a trained economist with a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Doug and his wife, who are based in New York City, are avid collectors with a focus on drawings by artists associated with minimalism, conceptualism, and land art.