Interview magazine closes, ending a 50-year survey of Manhattan cool

Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Is No More

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.

Staffers, both former and recent, shared the news Monday morning on Twitter, but the exact reason for the closure is still murky.

The news of the closure was broken to the public by staff members who took to social media in light of the news, offering their email addresses for freelance services.

Former editorial director Fabien Baron and his wife, stylist Ludivine Poiblanc, recently sued the magazine over an alleged $600,000 in unpaid wages and creative director Karl Templer reportedly left the magazine in April over $280,000 in unpaid invoices.

The magazine was owned by Peter Brant, a billionaire art collector, who acquired the magazine in 1989.

Interview magazine is no more.

Baron resigned from the publication last month after working there for more than 10 years. 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".

In 1977, riffing on his famous dictum that in the future everyone in America would be famous for 15 minutes, Warhol told the late writer and editor Glenn O'Brien that when he was drunk, "I tell everyone they can be on the cover of Interview". This is the fourth in a series of lawsuits Brant is facing: Former associate publisher Jane Katz also claims Interview fired her unjustly and owes her unpaid wages of $230,000.

The wonderful interviews I got to do as a contributing editor for #interviewRussia and Interview Germany...

The magazine was purchased by Brant Publications in 1987 after Warhol's death.

The magazine was founded by Andy Warhol in 1969 and was a platform for intimate conversations between musicians, artists and celebrities, as well as interviews conducted via questions written by Warhol called Q&Andy. In November 2016, the long-time employee Deborah Blasucci filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Peter Brant and his daughter Kelly Brant, the president of Interview, reported by Page Six in February.

Interview also always stuck to its guns.

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