Ian J. Forster

Documentary Producer & Director

Ian Forster is a New York City-based producer and director who specializes in artist documentaries. He's been at Art21 since 2009, first working on the Peabody Award-winning film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible and subsequently four seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century. The "Johannesburg" episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century, which he directed and produced, premiered nationwide on PBS in September 2018.

In addition to his work on Art21's broadcast programming for PBS, Forster has overseen the online video series Extended Play since 2012, producing 100+ short portraits of artists such as Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Sze, and Do Ho Suh. In 2013, he created the online video series Artist to Artist, which featured artists in conversation with their peers at international biennials taking place in Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

He graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film and resides in Brooklyn.