Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Is No More

Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Is No More

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.

The cover of Interview's September issue was especially controversial.

The magazine's closure follows a recent rock patch of multiple lawsuits, including a $600,000 lawsuit from its former editorial director Fabien Baron which followed another multi-million dollar lawsuit from former executive Deborah Blasucci.

Interview Magazine, the fabled publication originally founded by Andy Warhol, is closing up shop. Note that the closure announced and editor of the online version of Trey Taylor: "After 10 months of work in the magazine Interview, which you can only dream of, today is my last day here, because the magazine has closed". Former sales representative and eventually associate publisher Jane Katz a year ago sued the magazine for unpaid wages of more than $230,000, along with claims that she was unjustly fired.

Money troubles were a theme for the magazine, whose staff was locked out of the office over reported rent squabbles, but there was also the matter of sexual assault allegations made against its creative director Karl Templer.

Richard Lautens  Toronto Star via Getty Images
Richard Lautens Toronto Star via Getty Images

Interview Editor Ezra Marcus told CNNMoney that staffers were informed that the magazine is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a meeting on Monday. Interview also allegedly owes his stylist wife Ludivine Poiblanc $66,000. After the magazine was sold to Brant Publications following Warhol's death in 1987, Peter Brant took ownership of the magazine, while his daughter Kelly came on as president.

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.

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

"I always thought it should be for new people", Warhol said of Interview in 1977", but I guess there aren't enough new people to buy it". It featured Kim Kardashian posing as Jackie Kennedy.