Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Shuts Down

Lawrence Kim
May 22, 2018

What do you think of the closure of Interview magazine?

Interview Magazine, founded by artist Andy Warhol and journalist John Wilcock, is closing down after almost 50 years. Several outlets reported that the magazine is entering Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

Interview has been embroiled in tabloid drama over the past few weeks, ever since former editorial director Fabien Baron sued the magazine for $600,000.

Baron had joined the magazine in 2009 during a time when their circulation was low.

Longtime employee Deborah Blasucci is suing the company under claims that she was sacked for making too much money, and three other female employees have accused creative director Karl Templer of "overstepping professional lines", though Templer denies these accusations. Sources say Templer was owed up to $280,000 in backpay, which prompted his departure.

"Defendants have been completely derelict in fulfilling their legal requirement", the lawsuit reads. Katz also alleges she was unjustly fired. A similar lawsuit was filed by former president Dan Ragone in 2016. She claimed she was sacked because she made too much money.

Add the "Crystal Ball of Pop Culture" to the annals of glossies gone under. The magazine's articles were often unedited so as to mimic the style of Warhol's books. That said, there have been theories on what might've led Interview to fold. "The beauty of doing interviews for this magazine is the joy of discovery". Warhol and Sischy's Interview wasn't one of salacious gratuity - it was inventive and inspired by a sense of humor, wit, and a wink-wink to readers, who were most certainly invited to the party. In its earliest iteration, the oversized covers included colorful illustrations by out artist Richard Bernstein, and was distributed free-of-charge to New York's "in crowd". The magazine also had a Q&Andy section where celebs answered questions from Andy. Recent features include Roseanne Barr, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Wiseau, Spike Lee, Kathy Bates, and Mel Brooks.

Interview also always stuck to its guns.

(L-R) Editor Bob Colacello, model Jerry Hall, artist/publisher Andy Warhol, singer Debbie Harry, writer Truman Capote and jewelry designer Paloma Picasso at a Studio 54 party for INTERVIEW magazine and Harry's appearance on the cover.

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