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A show of pretty pictures of the Tuscan countryside doesn't sound promising, and the mystical introduction to Joel Meyerowitz's new book, Tuscany: Inside the Light, which claims Tuscan light is unique because "you are a participant, because the light is all-encompassing," seems questionable. But the 20 photographs from the book on view at Catherine Edelman really deliver. They're engulfed in light, from the shimmering foliage in Spring, Field of Poppies, Tuscany, 2002 to the dark spaces between. The compositions often enact little dramas in which the viewer is drawn from one kind of light toward another. In Winter, Castle Woods in Mist, Tuscany, 2002 a bright brick entryway, each detail of its decay rendered luminously beautiful, invites one to follow a path that's vaulted by trees, creating a cathedral-like space. The trees are suffused with light that's palpably different from the warm glow of the bricks. Autumn, Last Light, Tuscany, 2002 looks down the wall of a building toward the sky. The wall is covered with vines, a dense mix of reflected green and dark areas, and near the bottom the red of sunset is almost indistinguishable from the red of a few leaves, making light seem truly transformative. Catherine Edelman, 300 W. Superior, through September 3. Hours are 10 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-266-2350.

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