"Interview" Magazine, Founded By Andy Warhol, Is Shutting Down After 50 Years

Interview Magazine the fabled publication originally founded by Andy Warhol is closing up shop

Interview Magazine the fabled publication originally founded by Andy Warhol is closing up shop

Interview, the celebrity interview magazine co-founded in 1969 by gay pop-artist Andy Warhol, officially shut down today after facing two unresolved lawsuits from former executives who claimed the magazine stiffed them for huge sums. In a more recent issue, transgender journalist Janet Mock interviewed reality celeb Kim Kardashian.

A magazine founded by Andy Warhol is to close business after nearly 50 years of bringing cutting edge pop culture to readers. The iconic magazine, which featured in-depth interviews with celebrities like Divine and Madonna as well as arts and cultural reporting, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to sell off its remaining assets and pay its creditors. It's also understood that Karl Templer in April left his position as Interview's creative director because he was owed at least $280,000. Baron, who resigned in April, contends the magazine owes him "over $500,000 from invoices between 2015 and 2018" as well as another $66,000 for Poiblanc for her work, according to Page Six.

In 1977, riffing on his famous dictum that in the future everyone in America would be famous for 15 minutes, Warhol told the late writer and editor Glenn O'Brien that when he was drunk, "I tell everyone they can be on the cover of Interview". Associate publisher Jane Katz sued in 2017 for $230,000 in allegedly unpaid wages and former Interview president Dan Ragone sued in 2016 for $170,000 in allegedly unpaid wages.

Brant Publications is owned by billionaire Peter Brant, who is a well-known art lover and Warhol fan.

The magazine offices were closed today Phone calls placed to a number listed on Interview's website went unanswered; the line appeared to have been disconnected.

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Still, the initial Interview mission and aesthetic inspired many other publications and strands of pop culture, putting Warhol's Factory muses and the Studio 54 crowd into a publication reflective of the New York City art and club scene the rest of the world was dying to get a glimpse of.

"Interruptions were allowed and often could take conversations in different directions", she said in a 2004 interview to promote a book about the magazine's early years.

Truman Capote was one of Interview's earliest contributors, and Warhol also conducted many interviews.

Interview also always stuck to its guns.

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