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

Warhol co-founded the magazine with British journalist John Wilcock in 1969, but its trademark cover - featuring close-up images of celebrities' faces, the word "Interview" in bold script overhead - began in 1972.

In 1980, he sat down with Diana Ross in a NY restaurant.

In 1989, billionaire art collector and Warhol admirer Peter Brant purchased the glossy art and culture magazine from Warhol's estate. According to the New York Post, the magazine was evicted from its Soho office in February after Brant Publications apparently stopped paying the landlord. Sischy was at the helm until 2008, when it became public knowledge that she began dating Brant's ex-wife, Sandra.

As of writing, Interview was still active on Instagram yesterday as they had Billboard Music Awards takeover.

Fashionista cited that there have been several departures from the magazine. 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. Contributing photographers included Robert Mapplethorpe, Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritts, Ara Gallant, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, and Perry Berenson. They began sharing the news immediately via Twitter.

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The editorial direction wasn't the only shift Interview endured.

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. 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. Templer denied these allegations in a piece published on WWD but eventually resigned. A representative of Brant Publications confirmed the closure and that the magazine, along with its two holding companies, has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

A publication created by Andy Warhol almost 50 years ago, "Interview" magazine, has folded amid legal disputes with former staffers who allege the company owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. The access earned by Warhol and his cohorts provided the general public with an up-close-and-personal conversational interview style, giving the most fascinating figures an opportunity to open up without feeling exploited.

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.

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