After almost 50 years in publication, Interview Magazine is shutting down. Per Observer, the magazine is liquidating its assets via Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
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 recent weeks, the magazine has been plagued by a litany of lawsuits. Former editorial director Fabien Baron sued the magazine for $600,000, citing unpaid invoices and $66,000 in unpaid compensation for his stylist wife Ludivine Poiblanc.
Prior to his departure from the magazine in April, Baron had worked at Interview for 10 years. He was hired in 2009 to help relaunch the magazine and successfully added 200,000 subscribers. Formerly, Baron was the creative director at French Vogue, Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as the director for commercials for Calvin Klein, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and even Madonna’s documentary Sex.
Longtime employee Deborah Blasucci is suing the company under claims that she was fired 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.
In addition, Jane Katz, a former associate publisher, claims Interview owes her $230,000 in unpaid fees and that she was also unjustly fired, and the former president of the magazine Dan Ragone also stated that Interview owes him $170,000.
The magazine was purchased by Brant Publications in 1987 after Warhol’s death. It was nicknamed “The Crystal Ball of Pop.” Articles and interviews were frequently unedited to depict a full portrait of the artist featured. The magazine once even featured a regular column called “Conversations with Capote,” written by Truman Capote himself.
Famous pieces featured in Interview included Beyonce’s interview of her sister Solange and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s interview with Kanye West.