"The force of Bishop’s language, alternating between biting critique and arching historicization, make attacks on her work unsurprising. But the agitation around Bishop can also be credited to the dullness of the contemporary art discourse, where boosterism is the only form of dialogue and lack of hype around an artist suffices for criticism. Museums, biennials, art fairs and galleries proliferate constantly and seemingly ad infinitum; the expanded field of the curator is discussed everywhere, but without an accompanying rise of the critic."
This is from a review of Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop, reviewed by Ryan Wong for Hyperallergic. I just started reading this book, and this review is encouraging.