Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after nearly 50 years

The Art Newspaper | Victoria Stapley-Brown

After nearly 50 years in business, Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol and the British journalist John Wilcock, folded today (21 May), effective immediately for both its print and web versions. Staff of the publication, which has filed for chapter seven bankruptcy, were informed of the decision in a meeting today. This follows recent financial difficulties with the magazine’s owner Brant Publications, Inc, including a rent dispute and lawsuits from former employees.

Interview’s former editorial director of nearly ten years, Fabien Baron, who resigned in April, filed a lawsuit against the magazine in the beginning of May along with his wife, the stylist Ludivine Poiblanc. The couple are seeking $600,000 they say is owed in unpaid invoices, according to WWD, which also reports that the magazine’s former associate publisher Jane Katz sued Interview last year, claiming that she was fired without cause and that the publication owes her $230,000 in unpaid wages.

The publication’s longtime creative director Karl Templer resigned from Interview in April. In February, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team’s extensive report about sexual misconduct in the fashion industry included a claim that Templar had overstepped his professional boundaries, according to The Cut. He has denied the allegations and reportedly resigned over money that Interview owed him…read more

Image: Hedi Slimane/Interview