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

Interview magazine, the famous art, fashion, entertainment and pop culture journal of downtown NY founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, has closed down, according to company sources.

Earlier this month, the magazine was sued for $600,000 by a former editorial director who claims he wasn't paid by the magazine. He said in court papers that he had been hired to save the magazine in 2009-and he did, upping the circulation to over 200,000 subscribers. "Baron claims the magazine owes him "over $500,000 from invoices between 2015 and 2018" and owes Poiblanc "$66,000 as a stylist".

Interview filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is liquidating its assets, according to multiple media reports. Katz further said she was unjustly fired.

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"Interview was an incredible place to work and I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to take part in Andy Warhol's legacy in some small way", Ezra Marcus, who was the publication's associate online editor when it folded, tells The Art Newspaper over email.

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At its height, Interview was nicknamed "the Crystal Ball of Pop" and virtually defined eras of Manhattan as characterized by Warhol's factory of avant garde superstars and socialites, the uptown decadence of Studio 54 and the downtown punk scene of CBGB and the Mud Club. The magazine's articles were often unedited so as to mimic the style of Warhol's books. "The beauty of doing interviews for this magazine is the joy of discovery".

Interview has also faced a spate of lawsuits recently, starting with former employee Deborah Blasucci filing in November 2016.

In 1980, he sat down with Diana Ross in a NY restaurant. Over the years, it featured conversational interviews with celebrities like Liza Minelli and Grace Jones and other features, including Warhol's trademark "15 Questions" interview. Recent participants included Roseanne Barr, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Wiseau, Spike Lee, Kathy Bates and Mel Brooks.

It's perhaps no surprise that under Warhol and Sischy, many LGBTQ figures graced Interview covers over the years, including Fran Lebowitz, Lily Tomlin, Truman Capote, Jodie Foster, Divine, George Michael, and Warhol himself.

Interview also always stuck to its guns.

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