The Wall Street Journal

In Iran, An Underground Art Scene Becomes Mainstream
ON A FRIDAY NIGHT in Tehran’s flashy Elahieh neighborhood, the voice of the muezzin calling the Muslim faithful to prayer is nowhere to be heard, but the ostentatious whine of a Ferrari often is. Ferraris make little practical sense in car-clogged Tehran, where getting from one end of town to the other can easily take several hours. But Friday night here is for gallery hopping and showing off. A Ferrari is perfect for a noisy crawl down Fereshteh, a narrow street that winds down Elahieh’s hill.


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