Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after almost 50 years

22 May 2018, 10:24 | Robert Harris

Later Issues of Interview Magazine

Later Issues of Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine, founded by artist Andy Warhol and journalist John Wilcock, is closing down after almost 50 years.

Andy Warhol's beloved Interview magazine has officially shuttered, according to staff members.

Former editorial director Fabien Baron sued the magazine for $600,000, alleging both he and his wife were not paid for work undertaken after he was brought on in 2009 to up circulation, which he did.

Purchased by billionaire art collector and publisher Peter Brant in 1989, the magazine had languished over the better part of the last decade, undergoing a series of redesigns, relaunches, and changes both at the top of the masthead and among its executive ranks.

Interview magazine is no more.

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Prior to his departure from the magazine in April, Baron had worked at Interview for 10 years.

Interview has also faced a spate of lawsuits recently, starting with former employee Deborah Blasucci filing in November 2016. A source told WWD that Interview "owes everybody money". "Baron claims the magazine owes him "over $500,000 from invoices between 2015 and 2018" and owes Poiblanc "$66,000 as a stylist".

A display of Interview magazines at the Andy Warhol museum.

Former associate publisher Jane Katz, who says she was sacked without cause, also charges the publication owes her $230,000 in unpaid wages, while former Interview President Dan Ragone alleges he is owed $170,000. Today, the New York Observer reports Interview is liquidating its assets through Chapter 7 bankruptcy, ending the magazine's legacy on a sour note. The early years had a decidedly queer aesthetic, with divas like Diana Ross, Cher, and Madonna on multiple issues, as well as cult favorites like Shelley Duvall, Liza Minnelli, Annie Lennox, and Grace Jones getting their due.

As the title suggests, the magazine was built upon interviews with various cultural luminaries of the day, from the glitzy patrons of Studio 54 to the punk pioneers of CBGB and the Mud Club.

After Sischy's exit, Interview took a more mainstream turn that included Kardashian covers (including the infamous Kylie-in-a-wheelchair shoot).



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