Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Has Folded

  • Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Has Folded

Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Has Folded

RIP to Interview Magazine and sorry to my fine friends there. The company is owned by the paper magnate and art collector Peter Brant-who was a friend of Warhol, and collects his work-and its other magazines include Art in America and Artnews.

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.

Andy Warhol's Interview magazine has shut down after almost 50 years in circulation. "The losses continued to mount, and the company did not believe its financial condition would improve in the foreseeable future".

She added that all of Interview's assets "will be liquidated and distributed to its creditors in accordance with the law".

There are reports that Interview is shutting down.

In 2004, a collection of the best of the magazine was collected in a 7-volume box set, titled Andy Warhol's Interview: The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture (Volume 1: Best of the First Decade 1969-1979) that came encased in wooden suitcase designed by Karl Largerfeld, with an introduction written by Elton John.

Baron and Poiblanc are just two of those claiming Interview owes them money. Baron, who resigned from Interview in April after nearly 10 years in the role, claims he was not paid appropriately the last three years, the NYP's Page Six reported.

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.

Warhol's own interviews with people were invariably published in an intimate question-and-answer form, with subjects encouraged to riff on the minutiae of their lives, such as what they had for breakfast. He and his then-wife Sandra bought Interview shortly after Warhol's death in 1987. Templer was previously accused by an anonymous woman in the Spotlight investigation of overstepping professional boundaries, a charge he vehemently denied the claims, saying: "I deny these vague and anonymous allegations". Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant took the title over three years later, turning it into a must-read among the fashion and art crowd with its mix of profiles, edgy fashion shoots and coverage of pop culture. It was relaunched in 2008 and has been battling legal and personnel issues. Brant's daughter Kelly Brant has been running the publication as president for the last several years.

Austen Tosone, until now an assistant editor at Interview, wrote on Twitter that her six months at the magazine was "certainly a insane ride".