5 Painters who are similar to Susan Rothenberg

Susan Rothenberg, Cabin Fever, 1976.

This is an experiment, to see if AI, in the form of Chat GPT, can find painters similar to Susan Rothenberg.

Susan Rothenberg’s style is known for its figurative elements, use of bold lines, and expressive forms. Here are a few lesser-known artists who share some similarities in their styles with Rothenberg:

    1. Elizabeth Murray: An American painter who was part of the Neo-Expressionist movement, Murray’s work features colorful, abstracted shapes and forms that suggest movement and emotion.

      5 Stage Image. Elizabeth Murray. Lithographs. 1980.
    2. Carroll Dunham: An American painter who creates abstracted figurative works, Dunham’s work is characterized by bold outlines, flat planes of color, and playful compositions.

      Makers and Modelers. Carroll Dunham. 1994
    3. Cecily Brown: A British painter who creates abstracted figurative works, Brown’s paintings are marked by loose, gestural brushstrokes, and bold colors.
Cecily Brown, Untitled. 2013
  1. Dana Schutz: An American painter who creates figurative works that often feature distorted or exaggerated forms, Schutz’s work is known for its expressive use of color and bold lines.

    Google image results for “Dana Shultz paintings.”
  2. Philip Guston: An American painter who was known for his figurative works, Guston’s paintings often feature simplified forms and bold outlines, much like Rothenberg’s work.

    Philip Guston Paintings (google image search)

Are these painters similar to susan rothenberg?

These artists may not necessarily paint in the exact same style as Rothenberg, but they share some similarities in terms of their use of bold lines, expressive forms, and figurative elements.

What you just read, if you made it this far, is a blog post written by AI.

I added the images and links to provide some context. Why am I doing this? I don’t know. It’s fun to experiment with, although all attempts at AI for me seem to lead to despair. Why would anyone want to write something that a machine wrote? And no one is going to want to write anymore, if an LLM can do it for them. It’s too laborious to write things yourself. And no one under a certain age even seems to read anymore. You see? All AI roads lead to despair. But I’m still here, and I’m curious about how it’s all going to go down in the next few years.

There is something very strange and off about AI’s assessment of Rothenberg. Each painter shares some qualities with Rothenberg, but I don’t think these painters are the most similar. When taken as a group, the subject matter for these artists seems to be provocative in a way that Rothenberg’s art never was. For instance, Brown and Dunham both have a very erotic and explicit nature to their paintings. Guston and Shultz were 2 white painters who were criticized for their racially charged content. Dana Shultz for the painting of Emmett Till’s casket, and Philip Guston for his depiction of Klu Klux Klan figures. Is the AI purposefully creating content that is provocative and controversial? Is it inherently evil, like a demon, and so seeks to stir discord? It may seem silly to suppose that AI comes from actual demons, and yet, Elon Musk warned of this as far back as 2014. But maybe there is nothing whatsoever “spiritual,” or metaphysical about this; it is simply of reflection of the content that it was trained on. On the internet, things that are provocative organically bubble up to the surface, and get more attention. This is what the AI is trained on, so this is what it spits back out. In either case, it’s not a good look for humanity.